1 Day Mountain Bike Ride Queen Charlotte Track – Ship Cove to Punga Cove

Please note that this option is not available between 1 December and 28 February each year.  The Punga Cove to Torea Bay option is available all year and the most suitable for riders looking for another challenging option during this period.

Your journey begins with a 1 hour boat ride to Ship Cove, the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. It is a sharp climb out of Ship Cove and a good downhill into Resolution Bay. If you prefer to miss out this steep climb, you can be dropped at Resolution Bay and start your journey from here.  You have a long but moderate climb out of Resolution Bay to Tawa Saddle and slow downhill to Furneaux Lodge. Rewarding ride around the head of Endeavour Inlet with some technical sections caused by tree roots and drop offs around Camp Bay.

This section is most suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.Stunning views on the Queen Charlotte Track


Skill Indicator: Intermediate to Experienced Actual biking time: 4 hours
Boat departs Picton: 8.00am
Boat returns Picton: 4.30pm



$155 per person

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Includes: water transfers to and from the track, Mountain Bike hire, Queen Charlotte Track Land Co-op Pass.

Mountain Bike Rental includes:

  • Quality, well-maintained Scott Scale 760 mountain bike with front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes
  • Tool kit
  • Pump
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle carrier
  • Track notes


Available from 1 March to 30 November, subject to bike availability.

We recommend that riders wear or bring:

  • Shorts
  • Soft shoes (heavy shoes or tramping boots are not allowed)
  • Sun protection
  • Warm, protective clothing
  • Water

Mountain bike rental includes:

  • Scott Scale 760, which have been maintained in-house by our Shimano-accredited bike mechanic. Bikes have front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and 27 gears.
  • Tool Kit
  • Pump
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle carrier
  • Map

SPD pedals are available upon request.

Is there water available on the track?

Drinking water is available at strategic places on the track. We recommend that you carry a pump bottle that holds approximately 750ml or more which can be topped up during the day.

What is the track surface like to ride?

The track has a clay base which means that in dry conditions it is hard and relatively easy riding, but when it has rained it is extremely slippery and difficult to ride. We will not rent bikes out if we believe the condition of the track will affect the quality of your ride. While some sections of the track are easy to ride, other sections have tree roots, bluffs and rocky areas that make riding more challenging.

Is the track open all year?

Yes, but the section from Ship Cove to Punga Cove is closed from 1 December to 28 February each year.

How much experience do you need to ride the Queen Charlotte Track?

The Queen Charlotte Track is regarded as a technical track so, to ride the whole track, you need to be a reasonably skilled rider. If you are less skilled or unsure of your abilities, there are easier options such as the section from Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa.

Do we have paniers for the bikes?

No, because the water transport companies carry your packs as part of your water transfers, paniers are not required. Also the terrain is too rough for easy carriage of paniers on the bikes.

Do you have a question?  Please fill in the form below or, maybe you want to  check availability  before making a booking?

If you are ready to book a trip, then please click the “Book Now” button above which will take you to our check availability page and book now page.

Sometimes it is easier to just pick up the phone and get the answer you need, in which case, please give us a call  on (+64) 03 573 6078, NZ Freephone 0800 283 283, or Australia Freephone on 1800 007 083 anytime.  We are usually contactable by phone from 8.00am to 10.00pm (NZ time) each day.

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