The outer Queen Charlotte track

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Map of the Outer queen charlotte track


The day starts at 5 am. We had to be in the harbor at latest 8 am. We were there at 7:30 so there was time for a coffee. At 8 we stept on the endeavour express to bring us to ship cove, the start of the track.


The first section is a walking-only route that takes you from Ship Cove to the Lodge at Anakakata Bay. Mostly it is a natural forest walk, there are some outstanding views from the more open areas. You don't have to be in an excellent condition, but sometimes the path is very steep! At some places the route is marked with orange triangles, just to be sure you are not walking off the path. At the top, after a 2 hours walk you have a nice overview over the queen Charlotte Wilderness. The top is 688 Meters high and called Oterawhanga. If you walk normally and take your rest than you can walk to the lodge in 6-7 hours.

We continue and walked down and up again to the next 'top' Jacksons head at 543 meter. We were there at 2:15 pm. We had some olther people and younger girls and they had some problem with the steep hills. But finally we arrive at the lodge at 5:30 pm. Jos and I were lucky, we had our room only 2 meters from there living room. So if we would drink to much we could roll into our beds...

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Map of the Outer queen charlotte t…
Map of the Outer queen charlotte …
The monument to Captain Cook at Sh…
The monument to Captain Cook at S…
Jos ready to go.
Jos ready to go.
Walking the track.
Walking the track.
The forest
The forest
Oterawhanga, the top at 12:15. In …
Oterawhanga, the top at 12:15. In…
People resting and having lunch. I…
People resting and having lunch. …
A break before the last 6 hours...
A break before the last 6 hours...
Queen charlotte track
Queen charlotte track
Queen charlotte track
Queen charlotte track
From from the top.
From from the top.
Going down again.
Going down again.
Dutch: Red White and Blue
Dutch: Red White and Blue
Up to the next top : Jacksons he…
Up to the next 'top' : Jacksons h…
Enjoying the views
Enjoying the views
Enjoying the views
Enjoying the views
Finally we saw the lodge down ther…
Finally we saw the lodge down the…
We made it to the lodge.
We made it to the lodge.
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photo by: jos-nijenhuis