Being my first trip to New Zealand, I had to experience The A.T.
Using the water taxi service to do a reverse trek, as I had limited time, The ride to the drop off point was the real beginning of my journey. First zipping the boat to "The Split Apple" rock for a history and minute to photograph. Then pointing the boat to the drop off. Sitting at the rear of the craft is wetter and noisier but a better chance for to enjoy the passing coast line.
Wading through the clearest water at the drop off point.
You step on the golden sand beach.
From there the path you take is your biggest problem. DO you want to see the gorgeousness to the north or the south. Your only limited by the amount of food and drinking water you have.
Cresting every hill, rounding every bend, the time of the trek back is extended because of the time to swim here and photograph that, BUT more so by the awe that is put into your eyes.
Like I said "Worth every blister."