This trip is perfect for Beginners through to Advanced riders who want a 3 day journey like no other. Seeing the whole track over the 3 days you will get to enjoy everything the Queen Charlotte Track has to offer. You will ride with your day bag but with an amazing package like this we will organise your overnight bag to be transferred by water taxi to your accommodation each day.
After meeting you for a trip and bike briefing your day will start with a water taxi ride out to the historic Ship Cove. After having a look around this historic site where Captain James Cook first landed in New Zealand you can get on the track and start you biking adventure.
The first part of the ride is a bit of a tough climb but the views at the top are more than worth it. Looking out over Motuara Island, you will even get a glimpse of the North Island. Make sure your camera is good to go as you will have magnificent views all day over Endeavour Inlet.
To get to your accommodation for the night you will head around to the other side of the bay. Your accommodation is up to you, whether you want to camp or stay in the lodge. Let us know what type of accommodation you want and we will be able sort it out.
Your first part of the ride is up to the Kenepuru Saddle where you can choose to ride either the track or a scenic road ride. The road ride takes about 2 hours with a mixture of gravel and tarmac.
The track ride follows the ridge line up to the Bay of Many Coves shelter offering spectacular views across Cook Strait and the Outer Sounds. A point of interest not to miss is the Eatwells Lookout – this is a challenging 20 minute return track. Along the ridge top you will be able to see across to Picton and to the rural farms of the Kenepuru. There are some beautiful flowing sections of track along to Black Rock Shelter. From here the track descends down to Torea Saddle and Portage Bay where you will stay for the night. Again for this night you can choose between campsite, backpackers or a hotel accommodation.
Again today you have the option to ride either road or track. There is also an option of a mix today – road followed by track. The track ride starts with a challenging climb. From the top there are beautiful views back towards the North where you rode yesterday and you follow this to the Te Mahia Saddle.
This section of track is challenging in places so if this is not for you then take the road to Te Mahia Saddle and join the track there. The track from Te Mahia Saddle is an easy gradient and the best riding of the track. It has a fairly smooth surface where you will drop down into beech forest along a gentle track in to Anakiwa.