Daytrips from Honeymoon Bay

 

 

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The Queen Charlotte Track follows the length of the Sound from Anakiwa to Ship Cove and is an easily walkable track with good views through beautiful bush. Each section can be walked as a single day trip.

Cougar Line and Endeavour Express are launch companies that will pick you up from the Honeymoon Bay jetty, take you to any point on the track and then pick you up from any other point and return you to Honeymoon Bay. A daytrip on the track can be tailored for the more energetic or people who only want a gentle stroll.

 

 Daytrip 1: Ship Cove to Resolution Bay or Furneaux Lodge (or reverse)

The track between Ship Cove and Resolution Bay takes 1-2 hours and includes beautiful bush and good views. The track climbs to a saddle but is not difficult. Resolution Bay to Furneaux Lodge takes another 2-3 hours but is easy walking with only a mild amount of climbing. Resolution Bay has a cafe and Furneaux Lodge has a restaurant. Ship Cove has interesting historical connections with Captain Cook who used the bay many times between 1770-1777 and discovered scurvy grass here which was later very important in decreasing the incidence of scurvy among his sailors.

 

 

Daytrip 2: Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove (or reverse)

This is an almost flat section of the track that winds around Endeavour Inlet. It takes 3-4 hours. Both Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove have restaurants. Punga Cove has an attractive bar and cafe on the wharf that makes a good place to sit and wait for the launch to pick you up.

 

Daytrip 3: Furneaux Lodge to Antimony Mine/Top of hill and return

From Furneaux Lodge, walk to the head of Endeavour Inlet (Endeavour Resort) on the Queen Charlotte track. From there take a side track up the hill to the old antimony mine workings. The track continues past these to the top of the hill where you get a stunning view over both Queen Charlotte Sound and Port Gore. Total time for the return trip is around 3-4 hours.

  

 

Daytrip 4: Punga Cove to Bay of Many Coves Resort / Honeymoon Bay

This part of the track involves the highest altitude and also the most spectacular views across both Queen Charlotte and Keneperu Sounds. Starting from Punga Cove, the track rises to a saddle and then follows the ridge. About 10 minutes after the Bay of Many Coves Shelter is a signposted track, steep but reasonably well formed, down the hill to Bay of Many Coves Resort. This is only a short distance from Honeymoon Bay. From here a dedicated walker can follow a very sketchy track around to the right from powerpole to powerpole until quite near Honeymoon Bay. However the last part of the walk (5-10 minutes) requires navigating through fairly dense bush without a clear track to the Bay. In total this day is at least 5-6 hours of moderate to difficult walking.

Other possible daytrips from Honeymoon Bay

Fishing trips

The Sounds Connection. Small group fishing specialists. Phone 0800 742 866

Picton Launch Charters. Half day and all day fishing trips. Phone +64 3 573 8558 or mobile 025 358 364

Dolphin Watching/Wildlife tours

Dolphin Watch Ecotours. London Quay Picton. Phone +64 3 573 8040

Diving Trips

Go Dive, Picton Phone 0800 GODIVE or +64 3 573-9181

Picton wharf is a good place to enquire about and book fishing charters, dolphin watches and other day tours. Most of these should be happy to pick you up from and return you to the Honeymoon Bay jetty.