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Grove

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  • Day5

    Queen Charlotte Sound, Malborough

    February 11, 2017 in New Zealand

    Decided to stay here a second night so we could drive to Anakiwa on the other side of the sound to do a day walk. Fishing is hugely popular here and while having breakfast the man camping nearby nearly caught this stingray that swam in front of our tent! Anakiwa is a tiny village well set up for walkers as the Queen Charlotte Track, one of the great tramps, starts from here. This meant we could enjoy a shower in the public toilets (very cold though) on our return, as the campsite has a toilet only. Most DOC campsites are very basic with stream water supply and a drop toilet. Generally small, for around 6 spaces but are in amazing places. People talk of strong winds which have been around all summer and like we have heard many times on our trip 'it's not usually like this'! However, the weather today has been wonderfully warm, sunny and calm.Read more

  • Day4

    Marlborough Sound

    February 10, 2017 in New Zealand

    Had a look around the town (had to buy a new sleeping mat as Lou's had developed a rather inconvenient lump right in the middle and a car charger). The town had a lovely feel about it with plenty of green space, flowers and independent shops. Took the road towards Picton which had both stunning sea and big hill views. Took a chance stop at a river and it turned out to be the clearest river we have ever seen, so much so that it tempted James in for a swim. Even the sand flies could not put him off. Far too cold for Louisa though. We ended up in another DOC campground right by the bay.Read more

  • Day17

    Aussie bay campsite

    November 23, 2016 in New Zealand

    Aussie bay, recommended by a kiwi lady, at the last wine tasting was a bit of a longer drive than I anticipated after a couple of wines earlier today, but it was a very scenic drive. The scenery was much different compared to before. The drive alongside Queen Charlotte sound almost reminded me of Bermuda's coast line without any houses.

    At the campsite we were lucky to get the last parking spot with a little bit of a view. The site is a DOC site with only a long drop (with Christmas lights around the toilet roof) and a tap with water that you have to boil or filter before drinking. It works on the honesty self help check in again, at $8 per person it is not bad considering the scenery and that it is located in a national park.

    We did not have change so the best we could do is to put $20 in the envelope. So glad we did that as a DOC employee came by not long after we set up camp to check everyone had already paid. He thanked us for our honesty and insisted that we take change.

    The site was only 11km from Picton which gave us time in the morning to enjoy a nice breakfast with a view and say goodbye to the South Island before making our way to Picton.

    We enjoyed seeing the troubles our neighbours had to endure in a very primitive camper van compared to ours, actually similar to the one we booked before we got upgraded. We don't have it bad at all!

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day157

    Queen Charlotte Track - Day 3

    December 3, 2017 in New Zealand

    It was another hot day, and this part of the hike was exposed. We went through another saddle and the climb back onto the ridge was quite tiring. But after that, the rest of the day was mostly downhill.

    We passed some fragrant Mahuka shrubs. They are white flowers from which NZ makes its famous Mahuka honey.

    We had planned to finish the hike and leave the park that day. Instead, we decided to stay one more night at the finish. That way it would be less rushed and we could swim during the heat of the following day. By the time we finished it was already cooling down. We had some drinks at a restaurant at the edge of the water and enjoyed the sunset.

    The following day, we loaded our stuff into Sonny and Anna's convertible. They had been allowed to borrow it from their WWOOF'ing host. We drove the windy coast, with the top down, singing Abba!

    Back at the start, our van was still waiting for us. We jumped into the water from a large dock and lounged on a small floating platform. It was great. We cleaned up our gear and went our separate ways again. It had been nice doing the trip together.
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  • Day27

    26.Tag: 5. und letzte Etappe

    February 28, 2017 in New Zealand

    Am letzten Tag haben wir richtig Gas gegeben und die 12,5km in nur 3 Stunden inkl. kleiner Pause abgerissen 😂 Den Queen Charlotte Track kann man wirklich nur empfehlen...Auch wenn wir uns nach 5 Tagen sehr auf die Dusche gefreut haben 😉

  • Day127

    Paddling: Aussie Bay to Picton

    February 10, 2017 in New Zealand

    Another good chance arised since we decided to head into the Kenepuru sound above Picton. So Corinna took the car and drove up to the first campground in the first bay North of Picton.

    I took in the meanwhile my Kayak, paddled first into the end of the sound to the west, then east again to Picton in a bay located southward and from there back up along the northern bays to Mistletoe Bay, where Corinna setup the tent already and has been waiting for me.Read more

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