Earlier this month on a day off, I decided to head out for a hike on the Queen Charlotte Track. Transferred by Cougar Line to Torea Bay I set out for the 4-6 hour walk back to the Bay of Many Coves. The weather was absolutely magic so I was excited about the views I would get from the top of the ridge as I hiked up the first climb. With the Kenepuru Sound to the left and the Queen Charlotte Sound to the right the views were phenomenal! With most walkers heading in the opposite direction, this was ‘Day 3′ of their QC Track experience, heading from Camp Bay – Torea, I got a few strange looks as if to say “Hey, lady I think you’re going the wrong way…”!
Stopping now and then for snaps of photographic evidence of my time on the track I managed to capture this amazing moment while looking out over Ruakaka Bay. A cheeky Bellbird was perched on the branch to the right and as I stepped closer to the edge for a photo, the inquisitive native bird fluttered in a ‘loop de loop’ motion right through my image!
I strode on with a feeling of pride as a kiwi, for what is the beautiful environment of the Marlborough Sounds. Seeing so many happy tourists making their way along the track – all ages and nationalities, families, couples and solo adventurer’s was fabulous! Come visit us and experience this for yourself, our slice of 100% Pure New Zealand.