Update on the QCT – it’s open!

Queen Charlotte Track Update – 29 September 2021

Queen Charlotte Track is Open!

All sections are now green now people!

The Track reopened – we’re under the number 3

A huge thank you to the DOC teams who had to contend with lockdowns and weather events to get the Track open.

As of Friday 01 October we will have all sections of the Queen Charlotte Track open but please note that:

  • The Kenepuru Road is closed
  • Accommodation providers on the Kenepuru side who have confidence their guests will not access the closed roading area are able to operate (That’s us!)
  • All DOC Campsites in the Kenepuru side are closed
  • The bridge at Umungata/Davies Bay has not been rebuilt, walkers/cyclists will need to use the beach to cross the stream (they’ll get wet feet.)
  • There are slips between Camp Bay and Torea Saddle. These can be crossed with care and cyclists will need to carry their bikes across them.
  • The track is very muddy in places so sturdy footwear and care is needed. There’s also machinery operating and work materials on the side of the track that should be avoided. Please follow the instructions of staff where they’re working.
Repairs underway on the Track near Punga Cove

So the good news is that from October 1st the QC track will be open for us! We’re about 4 hours walk from either Punga Cove or Torea Bay and 8 hours from Furneaux or Mistletoe Bay. We can do luggage transfers as well since we able to access Punga Cove by road.

A big thumbs up to all those at DOC and others who helped get this up and running again 👍👍 July 17-October 1 is a long time with no track but we’re very happy to be able to welcome visitors with a glass of wine and a hot tub!

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