This two day ride is ideal for the more experienced rider due to the distances, and terrain ridden each day. There are two options:
Day 1. Ride Ship Cove to Punga Cove (4 hours riding)
Day 2. Ride Punga Cove to Anakiwa (7 hours riding)
Day 1. Ride Ship Cove to Peppers Portage (8 hours riding)
Day 2. Ride Peppers Portage to Anakiwa (3 hours riding)
*From 1 December to 28 February the section from Ship Cove/Resolution Bay to Punga Cove is closed to mountain bikers so your itinerary would begin at Punga Cove, reaching Portage on your first day.
Ship Cove to Punga Cove or Portage
Skill Indicatior: Experienced
Actual Biking time: 4 hours to Punga Cove, 8 hours to Portage
Boat departs Picton: 8.00am
Your journey begins with a 1 hour boat ride to Ship Cove or Punga Cove. The ride out of Ship Cove is quite steep, and you will need to push your bike for the first half hour of this section.
After descending into Resolution Bay from the Ship Cove saddle, you have a long but moderate climb to Tawa Saddle and slow downhill to Furneaux Lodge. A rewarding ride around the head of Endeavour Inlet with some technical sections caused by tree roats and drop offs around Camp Bay.
For those riding on to Peppers Portage, you have a 4 hour ride
Overnight at Punga Cove or Peppers Portage
Skill Indicatior: Experienced
Actual Biking time: 3 hours from Peppers Portage, 7 hours from Punga Cove
Boat returns Picton: 4.30pm
Portage to Mistletoe Bay – begins with long steep climb, lots of pushing, switch backs on descent. Some may prefer to take the road for this section. Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa – narrow undulating track at first, wider and more moderate mid section, then long descent into Anakiwa. Riding down to sea level you will come upon some particularly beautiful virgin native bush which leaves you with a lasting impression of what must have been before man arrived. The harbour of Anakiwa comes into view and so too does the end of the Queen Charlotte Track.
Available all year round, subject to accommodation availability (if required). Just pick your date and let us arrange it for you.
We recommend that riders wear or bring:
- Soft shoes (heavy shoes or tramping boots are not suitable)
- Sun protection
- Warm, protective clothing
Mountain bike rental includes:
- Scott Scale 60 bikes which have been maintained in-house by our Shimano-qualified bike mechanic. Bikes have front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes, and 27 gears.
- Tool Kit
- Water bottle carrier
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.
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