A great combination: one day guided kayaking on Queen Charlotte Sound; and one day freedom walking on the Queen Charlotte Track; with an overnight stay at Lochmara Lodge.
Lochmara Lodge offers twin share en-suite accommodation set in the native bush-covered hills on the tranquil shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound. The homestead has four double ensuite rooms and seven self contained units. Unique and breathtakingly beautiful, Lochmara Lodge is accessible only by boat or from the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track. You can check Lochmara Lodge out on www.lochmaralodge.co.nz
Within easy paddling distance of Picton, you can enjoy a fantastic two day itinerary that combines the best of both kayaking and hiking.
Departs Picton: 9.00am on Day One
Returns to Picton: 4.30pm on Day Two
On the first day you join the guided day trip departing from the Picton foreshore. Your guide will take time to assist you with your paddling skills, share their knowledge of the abundant wildlife and natural flora as you paddle along and some of the more interesting historical stories about the area. At around 2.00pm you will leave the group and head to Lochmara Lodge for the evening.
The next day you make your own way along the Queen Charlotte Track.This is a five hour walk to Anakiwa.
Today you will ascend to a ridgeline track which provides wonderful vistas of the Sounds as you walk along.
After Mistletoe Bay, the track sidles along the hill and drops down into Davies Bay before the last half hour through mature beech forest ending at Anakiwa where your water transport will collect you for your return to Picton
Prices for 2015/2016 season
|Cost per Person $295 (single supplement $50)|
|Cost per person $315 (single supplement $70)|
- Guided sea kayaking day trip and kayaking equipment
- Morning tea & lunch
- Private en suite accommodation at Lochmara Lodge. Please note that upgrades are available to rooms with a sea view at additional cost.
- Water transfers of kayak and luggage to Picton
- Water transfers from Anakiwa to Picton
- Queen Charlotte Track Land Co-op Pass
Available from 8 September to 30 May.
Departs upon request – subject to a minimum of two people booking.
This trip must be pre-booked at least one week in advance, and is subject to availability at the lodge.
We have large, stable, fibreglass double sea kayaks, and durable plastic singles.
Included with your sea kayak rental are:
- buoyancy aid
- spare paddle
- water pump
- paddle jacket
- dry bag for cameras (all other gear goes into plastic bags in hatches with two covers)
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 bring:
We suggest you include all of the items in your personal gear. It is not an exhaustive list, but is the ‘essential’ gear you shouldn’t do without. Pack it in plastic bags, or dry bags. A number of smaller bags are easier to pack than one or two larger bags.
- Two changes of warm clothing (wool or polypropylene, not cotton): one suitable for adverse paddling conditions, and one for wearing on-shore.
- Warm hat & gloves
- Waterproof raincoat or jacket (for example a nylon windbreaker)
- Spare plastic bags
- Windproof jacket, suitable for paddling
- Insect repellent
- Rubber sandals, sandshoes, or neoprene booties for wearing while paddling – ones suitable for getting wet
- Shoes suitable for hiking in
- T-shirt & shorts
- Optional: long wetsuits for cooler months
Can I do this trip if I am travelling on my own?
Unfortunately not. Due to safety reasons we are unable to rent to solo paddlers, therefore it is not possible to do this trip if you are travelling on your own.
We have never kayaked before, can we still do this trip?
Yes, many of our clients have never sea kayaked before but find it really easy to do.
I have never rented a kayak before, will I be okay?
Yes, during the day with our guide they will take your through a safety briefing and provide instruction on effective paddling techniques and itinerary planning.
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 when you are paddling on your own.
Do I need to be fit to enjoy this trip?
To really enjoy the trip we do recommend that you are of at least average fitness. Fitness levels vary amongst every individual therefore, as a guideline, we suggest that if you are walking for at least an hour (maybe two) more than four times a week, you should be able to enjoy this trip. You may feel a little tired in your shoulders after a day’s paddling, but we do have lots of stops along the way and the pace is gentle.
What if it gets windy when I am out there?
Our trips are flexible enough that we can change the itinerary to meet the weather conditions. Ideally we try to organise the day so that the wind is at your back as much as possible. However, as with any outdoors experience, there may be times when you are required to paddle in windy conditions. If this is so, then we try to minimise the time that you will be paddling into the wind.