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... from 1873 to 1931. Apart from taking a long time to build the railroad, the trains struggled with the terrain and the railway ran at a loss. It was acknowledged that it was only the drivers and crew coaxing the engines up and down the line that kept the trains running. We continue on about 10 kms and see there are roadworks signs up. Unfortunately no road works - the signs were put up to ...
Meanwhile we were making our way through the Tory Channel and into the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound and Marc got very snap happy with the camera.
By 11.30 we had arrived in Picton and we made our way off the boat, picked up some rolls for lunch and had a picnic at one of the scenic lookouts by Picton. Then we figured we'd take the scenic drive to Nelson and from there make our way to Saint Arnaud and camp at the Kerr Bay Campground on ...
... mountains with their winding, hairpin roads.
Our first proper stop was at Hokitiki. A small town, like many on the west coast an old mining town. The mining has long gone and the town is fading, surviving mainly through the tourist trail heading up the coast. We parked up by the beach, put the kettle on in the camper to have a cuppa. The beach is strewn with driftwood, ranging from whole trees to small branches, it's everywhere. But someone has put it to good ...
Today we set off for Wheel Creek hut, a remote Westland hut that I was assured by my guides that I would be able to make. After all, it was only 6-7 km, although time guides put it at 4-6 hours.
After stopping in at the farmers place to let him know we had arrived, he gave us further directions and we took the 4WDrives along the road as far as we could get them. Another 20 minutes walk along the farm track got us to the beginning of the track. We ...
... and overall well-being, we settle on option 2. We decide to spend one less day in the national forest and get our bodies a place to recuperate. If we had even an extra day's worth of food we would consider taking a day to rest at our current hut, but we do not. So in the morning we follow a trail along the river which should lead us to a gravel road, which should lead us to a paved road, which should lead us to a town. 4/5/14 We follow the river for a few hours ...