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Trip Start Nov 20, 2013
Trip End Nov 24, 2014

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Flag of New Zealand  , Marlborough,
Friday, December 13, 2013

This morning we boarded the Interislander ferry for the three and a bit hour ride to Picton. The ferry ride was comfortable with some beautiful views and while it offered entertainment, such as movies, and food from cafés, we were content to eat the sandwiches we packed and just enjoy the beauty of nature around us. Along the way we saw the beautiful blue and turquoise colours of the water, some gorgeous green mountains, and even some dolphins swimming beside the ferry!

We arrived in Picton 3 hrs, 10 mins later. Picton is a small port town with one main street and a couple other somewhat busy streets nearby. Everything is about a five minute walk. We found this town to be very peaceful and beautiful. The hostel we are staying at gave us free chocolate cake and ice cream and it was delicious! But tomorrow we are off again. We will be beginning a 4 day hike through the Queen Charlotte Track.

Yesterday we finalized our accommodations along the track and booked our luggage transfer as well. They seem to be very well organized with companies (we chose Cougar Line) to take us by boat to the beginning of of the track at Ship Cove. After they drop us off they take our luggage to our first accommodation along the track. When we get there all of our things should be waiting for us. They continue this service over the next two nights as well, and then bring us back to Picton once we make it to the end of the track in Anakiwa.

Today we prepared with food for the next four days, as purchasing food along the way will be quite expensive. There will be no grocery stores, only restaurants and resorts. Packing was a lot more difficult with all the food, but the good thing about it is that we don't have to carry our own luggage! We will each just bring a day bag ... prepared for rain this time! ... with food for the day, and clothing for both warm and cold weather. We are beginning to get the hang of preparing for everything here!

Tomorrow will just be 4-5 hours of the track. The next day will be about the same, give or take, and the last two will be about 7-8 hours. Along the way, there seems to be fun outdoor activities that we may try, but the track itself is supposed to provide stunning views. Hopefully we can see them this time! While this hike will be much longer (71 km) than Tongariro, it does not have nearly the same elevation and hopefully not the same weather conditions to deal with. While on this hike we will most likely not have internet access.

So... here's to checking in in about 4 days!
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Dad on

Well Garyn and Jason, I guess you can say that you're on the right "track." Jason, if this trip doesn't test your knee nothing will. You are about to embark on a journey in the south island that will be jaw dropping. The best has yet to come.

Continue to enjoy the beauty that New Zealand has to offer.

jasonandgaryn on

The South Island has been stunning so far and we're just getting started!

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