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Queen Charlotte Track

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Two to three day ride with incredible scenery overlooking Marlborough Sounds. QCTrack follows the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds
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Latitude
-41.28709430407486
Longitude
174.00283813476562
Trail Directions
Water transport from Picton to trailhead at historic Ship Cove
Trail Length
42 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Picton, Marlborough Sounds New Zealand
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
January 21, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: boulder creek fuel rider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Stunning water color, great views of ridge after ridge with water everywhere. Secluded beaches and almost rain forest like vegetation linked by a wide single track used mostly by hikers. A few short steep climbs but a lot of traversing along ridge lines. Nothing technical.

Recommended Route:
Trail is closed to mtn. bikes for peak tramping season. For a one day ride I boated with a rental bike to a place called Portage then road to Anikiwa a distance of about 12 miles. Did trail easily in 2-3 hrs Had time for a warm muffin and visit with some Kiwi riders from Wellington. Time to do half the trail again and meet the boat at 4 for a ride back to Picton. This is one-third of the Queen Charlotte track and an excellent 1 day outing. Boat and bike rental was 96 dollars nz making for a long and enjoyable adventure for the money. Many do the full track that could run from the Picton area all the way to Ship Cove. Probably about 40 miles but lots of lodging options. Everything can be easily set up in Picton-no worries!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Complete Queen Charlotte, this area probably has tons of good stuff. This area isn't very populated. The best weather on the South Island, stunning scenery and great transportation systems make this a mtn. bike destination but seems like it mostly gets ridden by the Kiwis who live in Nelson or even Wellington.



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Review Date
January 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Cennydd , from South Wales - UK

Summary:
Possibly the best long distance trail I have ridden - though the good weather probably helped a bit. Easily done in 2 days. Punga Cove is a good place to stop overnight.

Bit of a long way from the UK but well worth the effort. Ride it and smile. If you still have energy at the end catch the ferry to North Island, travel up to Turangi and have a bash at the 42nd Traverse aswell.



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Review Date
June 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: jamie , from blenheim

Summary:
best in Nz i say



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Review Date
May 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mark , from NZ

Summary:
Best track in NZ



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