New Zealand South Island, 28th.Jan. – 28th.Feb. 2010
I travelled to New Zealand South Island for a total of one month. The first two weeks were spent with my sister, Gill, and her husband, Mike, who live in Nelson on the North coast of the South Island when they are in New Zealand. Their son, Jeffrey, his wife, Katie, and their children, Jack and Isla, live on a sailing yacht, the Kaparangi, which is based in Nelson. During these two weeks Gill and I walked 3 days of the 4 day Abel Tasman National Park coastal walk just North of Nelson, being ferried back and forth to our walks each day by Jeffrey in his yacht – a luxury service. Gill, Mike and I visited the most northerly part of the South Island, Golden Bay and Farewell Spit. With Jeffrey and Gill I climbed Mount Arthur, at 1784m one of the highest peaks in the Kahurangi National Park.
During the second two weeks I took part in organized tours to the sights of South Island. In Christchurch I joined a tour with Adventure New Zealand down the West coast and via Queenstown to Milford Sound. I changed to Fiordland Cruises for a trip to Doubtful Sound and finally to Ultimate Hikes to walk the Routeburn Track. I had a free day in Queenstown again before returning home from Christchurch.