This adventure is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty and magic of the Queen Charlotte Sound for a day – by paddle and boot or bike.
Join the guided morning sea kayak trip from Picton to Mistletoe Bay. Leave your guide and then collect your bike, or don your walking boots, for a walk or ride on Queen Charlotte Track. Return at the end of the day by water taxi to Picton. A very special day experience.
Join the guided sea kayak trip for the morning before heading off to Mistletoe Bay at the Head of Onahau Bay. Drop your kayak at the jetty and join the Queen Charlotte Track for a 12.5 km hike or mountain bike.
From Mistletoe Bay it is a steady ride to the top of the hill to join the Queen Charlotte Track. The track sidles around the eastern side of Onahau Bay and the views are stunning as you look back along Queen Charlotte Sound. The track then follows the Grove Arm foreshore through stunning native beech forest on a gradual decline to Anakiwa, where the water taxi picks you up an takes you back to Picton
Departs Picton 9.00am
Returns to Picton 4.30pm
Kayak and Hike $175 per person
Kayak and Bike $205 per person
- all kayak equipment
- packed lunch
- return of kayak to Picton base, bike transfer (if required)
- water transfers back to Picton
- shower and facilities at our base (if required)
- luggage storage (if required)
Departs daily, from 1 October to Easter each year, subject to a minimum of two people.
Trip must be pre-booked by 9.00pm on evening prior to day of departure
Trip departs Picton 9.00am, returns to Picton by 4.30pm
When you book your trip, we will send you some detailed pre-trip information, however to give you an idea of what we recommend you wear or bring:
- Sun protection
- T-shirts and shorts for warmer weather
- Polypropylene or wool clothing – not cotton (if paddling from May to October)
- Warm wool or fibrepile jersey or jacket – not cotton.
- Windproof jacket. We do have paddling jackets available which (while not waterproof) protect against the wind
- change of clothing in case you get wet during paddling
- Camera – we have dry bags for your cameras
- Shoes or sandals suitable for getting wet (we can supply these, if required) and shoes suitable for walking or riding in. Please note that we do not recommend wearing walking boots if you are biking.
I have never kayaked before, can I still do this trip?
Yes, many of our clients have never sea kayaked before but find it really easy to do.
I can’t swim, will I be okay?
Yes, you will be wearing a buoyancy aid and you will be travelling in a party with a guide, so the chances of you capsizing and falling out of your boat are minimal. Your guide will have provided you with a briefing on what to do if you do capsize.
Will I be back in time to catch a ferry?
Yes, your water taxi will be back by 4.30pm at the latest.
Do I need to be fit to enjoy this trip?
We recommend that you are at least of average fitness to enjoy this trip.
How much mountain biking experience do I need?
The section from Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa is regarded as the easiest section on the track and suitable for novice mountain bikers. However the track is still narrow, there are walkers on the track also, and some steep drop offs, so care is required at all times.
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