Spontaneous not always fantastic

Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
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Trip End Jun 10, 2010


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DOC campsite Queen charlotte track

Flag of New Zealand  , Marlborough,
Sunday, December 13, 2009

We left D's early this morning to catch the bus to the ferry pier

The ferry itself was huge, the size of a ferry which travels to France from Calais, roughly 1500 can fit on it
and cars too
busy time due to the christmas holidays, many Kiwis head down for the South island for their break

The Ferry was a good chance to see the Queen Charlotte track as it sails right through the Marlborough sounds area, there have been many arguments to move the main ferry wharf of the South Island nearer to Blenheim to miss out all the sounds, as it is more difficult sea to sail. but this would mean Picton would just collaspe into the background, and no longer gain income it does now

The Ferry took 3.5 hours and straight away after collecting the big ruckies we went to an I-site and booked our water taxi
the taxi was leaving in an hour, we hadnt booked to put our luggage anywhere, and we didnt have any food, so we rushed around so fast putting our big ruckies and only taking small ones, trying to figure out how to carry the tent and tranjere (metal stove that you use meth to cook on) 
organise what clothing to take
had to be so fast last ferry out to the start of the track!

Johnny ran off to nearest store to get food, baked beans classic camping food

Though spontaneous isnt always great as the amount of food we had would only last for a couple of days and not three!!

though we still went ahead, travelling someitmes leads to spontaneous and it can be fun, living life!!

The water taxi to Ship cove the start of the Queen charlotte track took an hour and we started to walk at 2:45 in the afternoon

In New Zealand walking is called tramping and there are at least 10 famous tramping walks most of them in the South Island
The South Island already just doing this track allowed you to see the natural beauty the country has to offer ,and the reason why many people come to tramp specifically in this country

The first day of the walk and the leg today was suppoed to be 18km but we actually managed to walk 27km and 7km in pitch darkness with torches as a source of light!!
We did power through the walk the first leg and even though we got up at 6 in the morning we powered on so we could reach the Endeavour and furneax lodge
had a drink from the pub area as had walked for 5 hours with only a little break
then tramped on to try to get to a camp for the night, 'miners camp' was the first stop and Johnny didnt like the look of it, though there were big sharp farm machinery and barking dogs and no one in sight a bit spooky at dusk

but we were runing out of time, it was going to get dark in 1 hours time and we stil decided to walk on 
we managed to walk 12km, which was supposed to be tomorows walk in the darkness
not all but still some, enogh to really creep you out
the glow worms were pretty to see, and you had to keep saying to yourself we're in New Zealand, its a pretty safe country, but there is always someone nasty out there!!

we arrived at 11pm!!!!!
putting up a tent with torch light fun!!
the baked beans cheered us up and sleep was the definite need for that night!!!
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