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March 29th 2007
Published: March 29th 2007
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Leaving Torrent BayLeaving Torrent BayLeaving Torrent Bay

The bach is the smallest of the two buildings up the hill
Sadly it was time to return from the bach. We ordered a water taxi. When it arrived because of low tide we had to wade out to it holding our rucksacks above the waves as they rolled in. We headed through choppy waves back to the Kxx and our hire car which we were relieved to find still there and untouched. The day was cloudy so we decided to do some car based sightseeing and headed up north to Golden Bay. The road is unrelentingly tortuous over the mountain to Tarkata?. The weather worsened the higher we got and the mountain views were non-existent. We stopped for coffee and cake at a lovely wholemeal cafe in Tarkata and then pressed on to Collingwood which amazingly considering its small size and rusticity was once considered as a candidate for the capital of New Zealand. The weather improved a little and we did a quick walk around the fascinating PuPu springs where incredibly clear water wells up into pristine pools. It was possible to swim in these at one time (which would have been magic) but there is currently a scare on re an invasive algae called didymo which means swimming is banned in case of contagion. In the evening back to Charlotte's parents house. Richard only present as Joyanne doing the 3-day Queen Charlotte's walk. He yet again hospitable letting us stay and entertaining us in the evening with lively talk.


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