There are a number of walks available from the home stay.
- Queen Charlotte Track
Access to the Queen Charlotte Track ( 87 kilometers in length ) is available by arrangement which is across the sound, with drop off at Anakiwa and pick up at Ships Cove or the reverse.
See the QC Track web site for complete details on the walk which is fast becoming known as one of the great walks of New Zealand.
- Local Short Walks
From the home stay there are a number of walks available directly. The two most popular are;
- Karaka Point about 500 meters away – a twenty minute walk each way from the homestay. Karaka Point was the site of the last fortified Maori Pa in the Marlborouh Sounds. It is a grassed lookout over the whole middle Queen Charlotte Sound area. Two tracks lead down to the beach and the point can be walked around at low tide.
About half way along the track the ramparts and pits of an early Maori pa ( village) can be seen. The local chief was Te Karaka. Eventually it was overrun by North Island Maori who had firearms in 1830. Some evidence still remains;
- Whatamonga Bay beach is about a 2 kilometre round trip, either down the road and back along the shoreline to the home stay jetty at low tide, or vice versa.
The Department of Conservation maintains a large flat grassed area at the beach which has a very good swimming sandy beach, with a very gradual decline to deeper water. Popular packed lunch picnic spot.
Others that your host can detail and provide directions for you are;
- Esson’s Valley Reservoir, Picton – Located in the southern end of Picton township near Alexander’s Motor Camp is a 45 minute rambling bush walk of easy gradient.
- Shelly Beach to Bob’s Bay, Picton – This commences over the coathanger bridge from the historic scow, the Echo. It is an easy shoreline walk with some areas of bush. There are opportunities for swimming and picnicking on the grassed area.
- Victoria Domain Walk or drive, Picton – Walking access is over the coathanger bridge, behind the Echo, and takes 15 minutes to reach the lookout by an easy uphill track. Several mountain bike tracks can be found in this area. This excellent harbour lookout is accessible by road from Sussex Street, off Waikawa Road