The Bay of May Coves Guide to Hiking in the Marlborough Sounds

One of the most popular activities our guests enjoy is using a lodge as a base to access some of New Zealand's finest walking and hiking experiences.  Whether fitness is your goal or simply for the pleasure of enjoying spectacular scenery, native flora & fauna of a new country.  

The Queen Charlotte Track is one of the most famous walks in New Zealand with it's orgins rich in culture beginning with Maori settlement, possibly up to 1000 years ago. Various local tribes (iwi) inhabited parts of the Marlborough Sounds and created their own pathways to source food in neighbouring bays.

The Bay of Many Coves sits in Arthurs Bay and is directly accessible to the Queen Charlotte Track – perfect for day walks on various sections and incorporating with a sea kayak on the Marlborough Sounds.

You can do other stages by taking a scheduled water taxi to drop you off at various stages of the walk – then bring you back to the resort at the end of the days walk.

Suggested Itinerary

Generally speaking – most guests will walk:

  • Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge on day one
  • Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove (or to the Bay of Many Coves) on the second day
  • Bay of Many Coves to Torea on the third day

….or they may decide to do just 1 stage of the track.

The cost each day to drop off and pick up from each stage of the track is NZD$115.00 per person.

Alternatively, the Bay of Many Coves is located on 120 acres of land and offers 6km of walking tracks on the property as well as some stunning coastal walks accessible from the resort. All of these are complimentary to walk.

Our lodges are the best experts at suggesting and planning the best hikes for your holidays and organising transportation, logistics, guides and gourmet picnics.

For further information, maps and availability please contact.