We booked our unguided trip through Greg at Natural Encounters. Everything was organised for us. After carefully explaining the walk to us the night before Greg picked us up at 7.30am & dropped us off at the water taxi along with our luggage & lunch that he provided. We had an enjoyable trip out through the Sound to Motuara Island - a bird sanctuary. Then it was off to Ship's Cove to begin our 4 day journey. Our first day was about 15km to No Road Inn in Endeavour Inlet. Gary & Barbara were great hosts & the accommodation was first class as was Gary's food. One highlight being the Eggo maker for perfect soft boiled eggs ( & yes we did get one before leaving NZ). Day two was a relatively easy day of only 11km walk to Camp Bay & our next night at Mahana Lodge. Mahana Lodge was lovely - we especially enjoyed sipping champagne on the lawn overlooking the bay. Ann's homemade cooking was great as was John's homegrown salad. Don't miss the amazing glow worms after dinner!
We set off early for the big day 3 - 23km and a water taxi deadline at 4pm! After a steep start the views were not to be missed. On this day we got beautiful views of both Queen Charlotte Sound & Kenepuru Sound, topped off by Ann's beautiful packed lunch. We made it easily to Torea Bay in the allotted time & were whisked away to Lochmara Lodge in their water taxi. This was the largest of the three places we stayed in on the track. It was less personal than the other two but our room was good with great views. Day 4 was our last day - 18km to Anakiwa. Again we had to be there for the water taxi at 3.30pm. We arrived in Anakiwa in plenty of time to enjoy an ice cream at the kiosk! All in all it was the most lovely four days- great walk, spectacular views & great food & wine - topped off by seeing a pod of dolphins on the way back to Picton.
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