QC Track

The Kenepuru Sound from the Walkway at our access track

The Queen Charlotte Track is one of the premier multi day walks in New Zealand. Starting with the historic James Cook memorial at Ships Cove and ending at the Outward Bound School at Anakiwa. Taking 3-5 days to walk or two to cycle, we’re right in the middle of the track – a good place to take a break and refresh for the second half of the hike!

The Kenepuru Sound from Eatwells lookout

This section of the walkway follows the ridgeline between the two Sounds so there is a bit of up and down along the way and its the highest section of the walk so getting to a comfortable bed means you need to come down the hill! When planning your trip it may be useful to bear this in mind and try not to make it too big a day! Ngahere Hou is accessed from the walkway where the powerlines cross the track opposite Ruakaka Bay, Look for our sign…..

When you’re looking for a sign…. this is it!

From the walkway you’ll find us where the power lines cross the Track into Ruakaka Bay and then by following the powerlines track down the hill for about 200m where you’ll see another sign, you take our track on your right following the yellow ties in the trees from there to our gate, which is about half the way down the hill.

It’s about 25-30 minutes down and 30-40 minutes back up to the track from here.

This is the access track from the walkway to Ngahere Hou

Ngahere Hou is about 4 to 4.5 hours to either Camp Bay (Punga Cove) or Torea Saddle (Portage). Below are the walking times provided by DOC:

  • Ship Cove to Endeavour inlet 15kms (5 hours), 
  • Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay (Punga Cove) 11.5kms 4 Hours, 
  • Camp Bay to Ngahere Hou 11kms 3.5hrs, 
  • Ngahere Hou to Torea Saddle (Portage) 12 kms 4hrs
  • Torea Saddle to Mistletoe Bay (Te Mahia) 8kms 4hrs
  • Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa 12.5 kms 4 hrs.

more information regarding the track is here on the Department of Conservation site and the official Queen Charlotte Track site

There are a number of water taxi operators, more information for transfers:


Picton Watertaxis

The beachcomber

We can pick you and/or your luggage up for free at Torea Bay/Portage. Just tell your operator you’re at Ngahere Hou and we’ll be there to meet you, or your bags will be here to greet you.

The Portage Hotel is currently closed until October and Punga Cove Resort will also soon close for maintenance. But we can help you complete the track without doing extra long days by collecting you from both the Kenepuru and Torea Saddles. Contact us to arrange the transfers and come to stay with us for those nights too!

Check here for availability or for any other queries and information.