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Intro to South Island


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I noticed quite a alarming statictic that there are 23 posts about my Australia trip, and only 2 from NZ. Is it because Australia is 12 times bigger?

All right, all right, i'll try to explain myself. The plan was to write one big post about South Island. I only didn't notice that this trip would take me one month. And I also could not have imagined that so much could happen.

In order to get to Sth Island, you have to board a ferry in Wellington. You get on board in NZ's capital, and after 3 hours you get off in a township called Picton, population 2928. Given the size, my plan was to move on asap, i.e. after spending one night, as the bus departed in the morning.
That evening in Picton changed much. After checking some local info and reading Lonely Planet - mostly ignored till that time - I learned that Picton is the gate to the Queen Charlotte Track, one of the most famous hiking tracks in NZ. A 71km-walk leads on top of the hills surrounding Quuen Charlotte Sound. What is a sound? Basically, it's almost the same as - more known term - fjord. Which would promise some rather spectacular views.

Another attraction of Picton is the proximity of the Marlborough wine region. This allows you to spend a day on a "drunken bus" tour, doing so-called "tastings". Well, there are some people who can spend hours discussing wines, but believe me, after such a tour you cannot say at the end of the day if you're drinking red or white.

Last but not least of Picton's best were... hostels. Not in Auckland, not in Wellington, but here, the competition forced them to offer comfy bed and a bit more. Therefore, one of the hostels offers a free chocolate pudding each evening, while the other one answers with free apple pie & ice cream. Enought to stay a week longer?

Queen Charlotte Track defined the character of my trip in the South Island. Few days after came Abel Tasman Track, and later some other hikes on the West Coast.

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Posted by wedrowycz 22:50 Archived in New Zealand

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