46 miles
Distance
19,967 ft
Climb
-19,967 ft
Descent
1,538 ft
High Point

Renowned for its stunning scenery and challenging terrain the Queen Charlotte Track is a mountain biking experience like no other, and the best part of all your pack is transferred for you, by one of the water transport operators, to your destination so all you have to do is ride.
While the Queen Charlotte Track is regarded as a classic New Zealand walk, the 70 km track is now also regarded as one of New Zealand’s best single track mountain bike rides and became the 21st Great Ride on the Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail in March 2013.
It is the longest piece of continuous single track in the country. The track is graded as intermediate/grade 3 and advanced/grade 4 mountain biking. Most riders will find some sections of the track easier to walk. If you are moderately fit and experienced at mountain biking, the track is very rideable, albeit steep and challenging in certain sections, especially when rain has rendered it slippery and muddy. Less experienced riders may prefer to avoid the ridge-top sections of the central part of the track by riding along Kenepuru Road between Kenepuru Saddle and Portage.
Two days are needed by most riders of reasonable fitness to complete the entire track comfortably. Those with time restrictions or longer to spend can choose to do particular sections or spread the ride over a leisurely three to four days.
Biking on the track is permitted all year round except for the section between Meretoto/Ship Cove and Kenepuru Saddle, which is closed to bikes over the busy summer season from 1 December to 28 February each year.
There are no facilities along the way for repairing bikes so please ensure you have adequate tools and equipment and are competent to complete your own repairs.

Local Trail Association
Marlborough Mountain Bike Club (www.marlboroughmountainbikeclub.co.nz)
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Advanced
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Queen Charlotte Track mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude end
    2 ft
  • Grade
    0.001%
  • Grade max
    -82.504%
  • Grade min
    76.123%
  • Distance climb
    22 miles
  • Distance down
    21 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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  • Prevalent Mud
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Queen Charlotte (Kenepuru Saddle to Torea saddle)
      Jan 3, 2019 @ 11:24am
      Jan 3, 2019
      Easy going out of Torea and on the track to Bay of Many Coves. This track is mainly hard rock surface with some softer beach tree surface to relieve the stress on bike and joints. Resorted to walking/pushing up a couple of small hills nothing too serious (loose rock and steep gradients). Walkers all happy with sharing with bikes A pass is required $12 for one day or $18 multi day. Great views. Took about 2 hours going at slow to moderate pace Torea to Bay of ManyCoves w short breaks. Made it back to Torea (Portage Hotel) with 4.5 w 30 min lunch break. Recommend this ride -great!!!
      Queen Charlotte (Torea to Anakiwa)
      Dec 30, 2017 @ 1:15am
      Dec 30, 2017
      Good condition track currently busy with groups of walkers this time of year
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