We set off on our three day kayak and walking trip on Christmas eve. We followed the coach to park our car in the safe parking provided and then joined the group on the coach to Kaiteriteri to catch the water taxi to Totaranui. I could tell as soon as we all started talking to each other that we were going to have fun. We walked a few hours along spectacular coastline, including a walk through an estuary (up to our waists - but at least warm water) to our first night's stay at the stunning Meadowbank Homestead where we enjoyed an excellent meal with the rest of our group - slightly earlier eating times than we are used to but it wasn't a problem.
We set off on another walk on Christmas morning after an enormous breakfast and picked up our kayaks towards lunch time. We spent the afternoon kayaking for about 4 hours along the most stunning scenery I think I have ever seen. The web pictures do not exaggerate it really is that beautiful. The second lodge at Torrent Bay was excellent too as was the food. Do I keep mentioning food?! That is because the whole trip seemed to revolve around great food.
What a location to have your Christmas meal and not a turkey in sight. Boxing day was spent out at sea on our kayaks and most memorable for me were the sea lions swimming and showing off around us.
Thank you Emma and Tim for being such great guides and thanks also to all the other staff who made this a fantastic trip and one that will stay with me forever.
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