Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Picton and Malborough Sounds


Autumn what's that ? All four days when we went to Picton over  Easter Weekend we were sun soaked. Driving along the Queen Charlotte drive towards Anakiwa we had gorgeous views and found a nice spot to do some fishing and strumbled up a track to the top of the hill near Havelock.
The men got the hang of it and therefore we drove the next morning to Waikawa Bay to fish again as the ladies enjoyed the view. We had a nice surprise as we discovered a stingray when we walked along Waikawa    Marina. Someone told us that the stingray, without a sting, lives there and doesn't want to leave.


Another surprise was the little birdy sitting on the path on Motuara Island. After taking in the magical surroundings on our boat trip through the Queen Charlotte Sound we stopped at Motuara Island,which is a bird Sanctuary. When you step of the boat you hear the noise of the many birds but we only saw this little cute one who sat so still you could nearly touch it. We walked to the top and found out that the island had been claimed by captain Cook. In the past you just had to put your flag somewhere and it was yours.
Captain Cook also went to Ship Cove and we followed in his foot steps. At  Ship Cove is the start of the Queen Charlotte Track, a four day coastal walk. The South Island has many amazing tracks which are well looked after with huts and camp sites along the way. At Endeavour resort and Punga Cove resort we picked up some trampers and headed back to Picton.

When we sighted deeply it was already Monday and we were waiting for the InterIslander from Wellington to arrive to bring my daughter who drove home with us. An amazing trip with a happy end.


18 comments:

  1. What a fabulous trip, and gorgeous photos. How lucky you were to have that marvellous weather for it.

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  2. Isn't it wonderful soaking up the great Autumn weather Marja.
    We are also having great weather here in Sydney.
    As always your photos are fabulous.
    Big heart hugs
    Peggy xxxxx

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  3. Hi Marja, This looks like heaven on earth from palm trees to sparkling water and the wonderfully earthy buildings to step into along the way. How fortunate to be close enough to drive to such areas. Sounds like you had a fabulous holiday. :)

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  4. Marja, what a wonderful set of photos. it looks fabulous there.. So happy you enjoyed your trip, .. Every where looks green and Lush..
    I hope you have had a wonderful Easter.. Love to you and your family.. Blessings to you Dreamwalker ~Sue

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  5. Wat een mooie toch heb je gemaakt, het ziet er prachtig uit daar.

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  6. As always I an envious. Great pictures of an awesome place.

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  7. Picton is lovely...jealous!

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  8. Wow...the photos are spectacular! Great trip! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. Marja, thanks for this tour. I was in Picton in 2005 in January. We also went through the Queen Charlotte Sound and to the birdsanctuary, enjoying all the birds.

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  10. great pictures marja and I remember picton. have some good weeks with mayke.

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  11. It is a fabulous coastline. I still remember the windy road and the splendid views from my visit years ago.Your photos are great.

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  12. Hi Marja .. beautiful photos - and what a lovely trip .. sounds a glorious break .. one day I shall get to NZ .. cheers Hilary

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  13. amazing it is, also jaloersmakendmooi

    groet

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  14. What a wonderful sounding holiday, Marja. I love when I get to tag along.

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  15. Dear Marja

    Enjoyed you posting as it is all familiar country. I lived at Anakiwa for 5 years (83-88) when I was Director of the Outward Bound School. Such a delightful area. I will be going back for the 50th anniversary in October this year.

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  16. HELLO Marja

    Your little trip sounded wonderful and you packed a lot of activity in four days. The little bird is charming, a great shot.

    Loved this post and all the images you shared

    Helenxx

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  17. What a fantastic trip and photos,Marja!NZ must be a nature paradise!Lucky you!

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