Punga Cove Resort
Punga Cove, Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton, Marlborough, 7250, New Zealand
Accommodations ranging from backpacker bunks to trimmed luxury suites sleeping up to five are tucked into the bush at this Queen Charlotte Track crossroads. Several larger, more luxurious studio and one- and two-bedroom chalets have private sunny decks with vistas over the bay—the Kiwi, Weka, and Kingfisher Suites are best. You can rent kayaks, dinghies, and mountain bikes on-site, and arrange fishing trips, horse treks, and yacht charters. Access is quickest by the water taxi, 60 minutes from Picton. By road it's at least two hours along Queen Charlotte Drive to the turnoff at Linkwater and then along the edge of Kenepuru Sound; the last 5 km (3 miles) is steep gravel.
- chat with the locals at the boat shed bar on the jetty
- a favorite stop on the Queen Charlotte Track
- set over a steep site so check room access
- you'll need to bring in supplies as there are no shops
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