Following advice of an ever-friendly local, we went to a campsite which was right next to another beautiful bay. We went for a walk at dusk and sat and had a drink overlooking the bay. Lovely.
We eventually left the next day, after many photo stops, with high hopes for the South Island.
This formed our introduction to the South Island and I can certainly say that it left an impression. We drove along Queen Charlotte Drive and were treated to spectacular views of green-clad hills that seemed to float on the calm blue waters. We decided to delve further into this beautiful area and ended up stopping on a small bay and, in a typically English way, sat on our camp-chairs with a cup of tea in an attempt to soak in the scenery. We were alone on the beach which just added to the experience. The beaches here are surrounded by thick forest which are characterised by large ferns. All of the different colours are vivid and bright which is chiefly what gives the place its charm.