Beginning to end - Marahau to Wainui Bay - 4 days, 5 nights. Walking, Yes! But much more. The scenery, sounds (birds & sea), sun (a bit of rain too) and swimming. It was magic, even though at the height of the season - February - it was busy. Boats, kayaks and day walkers.
The DOC huts are in magnificent locations, and the Rangers helpful & friendly. If you're a light sleeper, make sure you bring your earplugs.
Special highlights: Great swims at The Anchorage & Totaranui; Coffee, and (later in the day with a dusk walk) a beer at upmarket Awaroa Lodge; dramatic Separation Point; on the last night, at Wharewharangi Hut, being warned that a tsunami was on its way from the Solomon Is earthquake so keep away from the beach (nothing happened!).
Special mention: Sharleen and Nelson Lakes Shuttles. What a great service. Sharleen picked us up from Wainui Bay and returned us to Marahau, and then Nelson. What a great drive. Thoughtful and knowledgeable, Sharleen asked if we were interested in a 'coffee'? - a unanimous 'Yes!' from our party of six. She took us to The Wholemeal Cafe' in Takaka. What a place, what food (exceptional), and great coffee. Another treat. An excellent return trip and way to finish a magic 5 days. Thanks Nelson Lakes Shuttles
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