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Punga Cove to Portage Bay/Torea Bay

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Today is a challenging but very rewarding day as you walk on the ridgeline between Punga Cove and the Torea Saddle.
moderate
Distance 21.5 km
7:45 h
764 m
825 m

This section of the track is affectionally known as the “Big Day”. Majestic views greet you around every corner. Once you reach the iconic Eatwell’s Lookout stare in awe at the sunken river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds. Views stretch as far as the Cook Straight to the north and the inland Kaikoura Mountain range to the south.  Spot black long lines of mussel farms on the water.

Ever-changing panoramas of the inlets and sounds on both sides will constantly delight as you keep heading along the ridge. At Torea Saddle is where the Maori hauled their canoes from Queen Charlotte to Kenepuru Sound, saving a considerable sea journey. From the Bay of Many Coves shelter you will drop over to the sheltered east side before climbing again to Black Rock Shelter. You may see views back to Picton and even an Interislander ferry passing far below you.

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Author
Sally Thompson
Update: October 03, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
472 m
Lowest point
110 m
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Tips and hints

These maps are designed to be used to help you follow the track. However you can also follow the way markers along the way.

You may also use the QR code to download the GPS tracks onto the Macs Adventure Smartphone App (please see your information pack for more details on how to use the app).

Using these elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Start

Punga Cove (171 m)
Coordinates:
DD
-41.128884, 174.141999
DMS
41°07'44.0"S 174°08'31.2"E
UTM
60G 260092 5442997
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Destination

Portage Bay

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
-41.128884, 174.141999
DMS
41°07'44.0"S 174°08'31.2"E
UTM
60G 260092 5442997
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.5 km
Duration
7:45 h
Ascent
764 m
Descent
825 m
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