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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound October 20th 2014

Op een kleine kilometer van de ferryhaven, worden we wakker met het zalige geluid van auto’s en camions die van de ferry komen. Er zijn leukere manieren om wakker te worden... Onverstoord beginnen we toch aan onze dag. Bij de keuze tussen de Highway of de Queen Charlotte Drive (scenic route = lange route) was de keuze uiteraard rap gemaakt. ;) Het was, uiteraard, een prachtige route. Alle gekheid op een stokje, ik zou hem echt aan iedereen aanraden. Het duurt iets langer om in Nelson te geraken, maar het zicht is prachtig. Nelson zelf was mooi, maar we hadden eigenlijk beter verwacht. En Route komen we hier en daar ook een lokale ambachter tegen. We besluiten bij eentje binnen te gaan. Bleek dit het atelier van een gezellig oud 'jack of all trades' te zijn. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound December 23rd 2013

Monday 23rd December, 2013. Walking the Queen Charlotte Track, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough Sounds. We had come to the Anakiwa Lodge in Anakiwa for one reason and one reason only. it is the end of the Queen Charlotte Track (QCT) which was another item on M's bucket list. The Queen Charlotte Track, located at the top of New Zealand's South Island in the Marlborough Sounds, is a spectacular walk from the historic Ship Cove through to Anakiwa in the Grove Arm of the Queen Charlotte and Sound. The track runs along a thin, serrated peninsula dividing Queen Charlotte Sound from Kenepuru Sound. It is 71 km long so we did not have the time (or the inclination) to do it all. We had heard that the last stretch down in to Anakiwa was one of the ... read more
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36. D on the QCT
43. View of Queen Charlotte Sound from our Lunch Stop

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound December 22nd 2013

Sunday 22nd December, 2013. Kaikoura to Anakiwa We left the YH and continued travelling north on the highway 1. The weather was iffy again. First stop was the Ohau Seal Colony. Here there was a fabulous viewing platform where there was lots of information on the seals. You could also get quite a lot closer to the beasts than was possible yesterday (if we had known we wouldn't have bothered with the marathon excursion and leaping over crevasses!). The NZ Fur Seal differs from the NZ Sea Lion in that it has a pointed nose and long whiskers, they are also much smaller than the sea-lions and like rocky coastlines where the sea-lions like sandy beaches. We have only just realised they are different critters! Fur Seals are superb swimmers and have been know to cross ... read more
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18. Awatere River Bridge
22. M and D at Cloudy Bay -Cheers Dot

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound September 25th 2012

This is a hard entry to write; to encapsulate the sheer beauty of this stunning island as we travel around in our camper van, awe inspired to the scenery backdrop we are enticed with. To call what we have seen so far as beautiful is such an understatement. We heard on the tourism radio, that people will scour the dictionary for dramatic superlatives to describe the views and it's no wonder. However, dictionary aside please allow us to do our best. The main viewpoint we would like to get across is; despite the obvious landscape being very easy on the eye, it's the geology and geography behind this. The view one easily becomes accustomed to reminds us of what was present hundreds of thousands to millions of years ago. Up until recent history this land, roughly ... read more
Beautiful Banks Peninsular
Some Hector's Dolphins
World's rarest penguin

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound February 18th 2012

2/16/12 Day 4 covers the final 20km of the QC Track. Morning found the trampers ready for an early start. Barb, who had a blister developing, chose to take the ferry from the Portage back to Picton. Robyn chose to tape her blisters and headed out with the group. For the trampers, a steady pace had to be kept in order to reach Anakiwa where they met the ferry for the ride back to Picton at 3:30pm.... read more
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound February 18th 2012

2/17/12 We picked up a rental car in the early morning. Today’s destination is Nelson. Our first stop was the Omaka Aviation Heiritage Centre in Blenheim. It’s dedicated to the preservation of early aviation history from the early 1900’s through World War I. The museum consisted of a display of vintage aircraft and the stories of the men who flew them. One of the displays was on the life of The Red Baron, Baron Manfred Richthoden. He had 80 victories before being shot down by the Australian Army on 4/21/18. We had lunch at Pelourus Bridge Café, an outdoor cafe, then made our way to Nelson.... read more
Nelson
Nelson
Nelson

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound February 18th 2012

2/15/12 Today we opted to rest our weary feet by taking a ferry from Punga Cove to Torea Bay. Mr. Campbell was asked to pilot the ferry while the Captain went to check on some loose baggage. Once on land we resumed a “Mount Everest”, ie. mountain goat, ascent to the Portage Hotel. At the top of the rise we intersected the Queen Charlotte Track. We took a two-hour mini hike onto the third segment of the QC Track. Atop one of the rises, we had our lunch on a fallen tree overlooking Kenepuru Sound.... read more
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound February 18th 2012

2/14/12 Energized with scrambled eggs and bacon our group, the now ‘Famous Five’ trekers hit the ‘road’ heading south west toward Punga Lodge, Endeavour Inlet. To-day is Valentine’s Day and romance may bloom along the trail. Rain has been predicted but luckily the forecasters turned out to be ‘misinformed’. Bravo !!!! Attention readers …. Please now google ‘punga’ for a full explanation. Along this next sector of trail … 12km … the dominant feature is the New Zealand PUNGA …. This ubiquitious fern thrives in this sub-tropical climate and is seductively picturesque (see Big John’s pics). Topogra... read more
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound February 18th 2012

2/12/12 Flew Air New Zealand from Auckland to Blenheim on the South Isand. It was a small 19 seat plane. We were picked up by the Marlborough Sounds Shuttle and driven to Picton. Stayed overnight at the Aldan Motel. 2/13/12 In the morning we checked in with our tour group, the Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company. Took the ferry from Picton to Ship’s Cove, the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. There were five trampers in our group (Hugh , Robyn, and Jeff Ward, a former New Zealand ambassador, John and Barbara). Tramped 14 kilometers through the New Zealand Bush. We had several good vistas overlooking Queen Charlotte Sound. We saw native birds and fauna along the way. We had a sack lunch along the way and ended up at our lodging at 5:15pm. We sp ... read more
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queen Charlotte Sound February 14th 2012

Happy Valentines’ Day! And what a great day it is – for years and years I have dreaded this day like the plague. Even at school, the girls used to make a mad dash to see what the first post and the second post (remember the days of second post?!) had brought for them, whether it be cards, flowers or chocolates (inevitably sent by parents but passed off to peers as gifts from ‘Rupert’, ‘Jonty’ or ‘Farquar’). In working life, especially in London, you’d see the PAs desks, dripping in floral arrangements, and have to fight for a spot on the tube with about 500 red roses. I’m glad those days are over (admittedly it would have been nice if I’d got one surprise card, or one solitary flower in all these years), however I can ... read more




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