“An independent traveller still intent on avoiding mass tourism, you’re looking for a unique experience combined with creature comforts”. If this sounds like you, according to travel writer Fiona Harper you just might be a Flashpacker.
We loved the idea of Flashpacking and when you really think about it, it has to be the perfect adventure experience: see the world in all its wild glory, and then at the end of the day, relax in comfort with great food and a nice warm bed. We’re all for it!
As an introduction to the concept, it’s worth reading Fiona’s well crafted article on the subject for nineMSN in Australia, with a nice recommendation for Bay of Many Coves. Here’s the section relating to our neck of the woods. The full article can be read by clicking the link below.
“New Zealand, long the destination for Aussie hikers and campers, offers plenty of flashpacking opportunities. Hiking, or "tramping" as the Kiwis call it, the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds is a typical example. Seventy-one kilometres of stunning scenery starting at Ship Cove in the north, much of the track runs along the ridge line, offering dreamy views across bottle-green bays, coves and inlets edged by dense forest. With access to the vast sounds predominantly by foot or water taxi, and little populated beyond sporadic bachs (holiday homes), lodges are dotted along the trail. Weary feet will find relief at five-star lodge Bay of Many Coves, the inhouse spa being the perfect reward after 15 or 20kms on the trail. Overlooking a quiet cove inhabited by bottlenose dolphins, a fine dining restaurant, gorgeous apartments with plush king beds and a relaxed ambience should rejuvenate most hikers midway through a four-day trek.”
To read the full article by Australian Travel Writer Fiona Harper, click here.