The Queen Charlotte Track leads riders through the Marlborough Sounds, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful waterways.
Photo: Mike Heydon

 

This classic mountain bike adventure leads riders through the Marlborough Sounds, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful waterways.

The journey starts with a scenic boat cruise from Picton to historic Ship Cove in the outer reaches of the Sounds. From here the trail skirts around bay after bay, linked by saddles and ridges topped with stupendous viewpoints.

This trail provides a mix of intermediate and advanced riding, the whole track can be completed over 2–3 days by fit riders, or broken into shorter, leisurely sections with the assistance of regular water taxis.

The taxis will also ferry luggage between memorable overnight stops including nature campsites and seafront lodges, with resort lunches, kayaking and hiking also on offer.