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Entering the Marlborough Sounds at the northern end of the South Island, New Zealand

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Route No 100 - Sunday 14 March & Monday 15 March 2004
Two day walks on the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds . . .

NZ Gov. information for walkers on the Queen Charlotte Track
There is a link to a map of the route but it takes a little while to download

 


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Picton HarbourOn 13 March we took the ferry from Wellington across the Cook Straights to Picton in the South island. Picton is at the head of a long fiord, part of the Marlborough Sounds. The scenery leaves you lost for words - long fiords edged by steep wooded mountains and when we were there, clear skys and brilliant blue sea. On 14 March we went by ferry to Resolution Bay (one of Captain Cooks stopping points) to the start of the Queen Charlotte's Track. On the way out the ferry delivered all kinds of everyday goods to the settlements at the head of inlets along the way and we arrived at the start of our walk just after eleven. From Resolution Bay we climbed for about an hour through the forest full of huge tree ferns and wonderful views over the fiords. Resolution Bay from Queen Charlotte's trackOn top of the ridge we stopped for lunch before a two hour descent to Fernaux Lodge where the ferry was due to pick us up about 3.00pm so we had plenty of time for a drink on the terrace and to admire the view until it arrived.

On 15 March we took the ferry to Mistletoe Bay to walk to the finish of the Queen Charlotte's Track at Anakaiwa. This morning there was low cloud covering the hill tops but by the time the ferry dropped us off at around 11.15am the cloud had cleared to give us that brilliant blue sky for another day. We climbed up through the forest and the tree ferns again with more stunning views over the fiords. The route took around three and a half hours so we had time for a drink and to eat our emergency rations whilst we waited for the ferry to pick us up at 4.00pm - no nice cafe here, just a tree stump to sit on.

Morning mist clearing over the Marlborough Sounds
Morning mist clearing over the Marlborough Sounds

Forest on Queen Charlotte's track
Forest on Queen Charlotte's track
Tree fern on Queen Charlotte's track
Tree fern on Queen Charlotte's track
Not a bad spot for a break on the way to Fernaux Lodge
Not a bad spot for a break before Fernaux Lodge
Looking towards Fernaux Lodge
Looking towards Fernaux Lodge
Fernaux Lodge
Fernaux Lodge
New Zealand flax beside the track
New Zealand flax beside the track
Misletoe Bay
Misletoe Bay at the start of our walk
Misletoe Bay from a bit higher up the track
Misletoe Bay from a bit higher up the track
Tree ferns along the track
Tree ferns along the track near Anakaiwa
Looking towards Anakaiwa from the ridge above Mistletoe Bay
Looking towards Anakaiwa
from the ridge above Mistletoe Bay