Thursday, 25 Oct 2007
Picton to Hopewell
We decided to visit the top ranked BBH hostel in New Zealand for a couple of days. It only lies 11km from Picton but the drive takes nearly 3 hours! As you can see from the sat nav it's very bendy and the last hour is on a rutted unsealed road - or dirt track to you and me!
After leaving the ferry we decide to have a quick bite to eat in Picton and grab some supplies from the one and only supermarket for the next couple of days. Picton has a really nice feel to it. Laid back, civilised and slightly fonder town in feeling. The supermarket was well stocked and I must appear over 30 years old because I had no problem in stocking up with a bottle or two of Marlborough wine.
Immediately you leave Picton you are tempted to stop the car at every turn on the very windy roads and take in the most breathtaking views across the water. You're brain seems to have to work a little harder translating the images from your eyes as the scale of the sounds in the distance and the sheer beauty of the coastline is something we have never seen before.
We pass through freshly cut meadows of sweet grass and wild flowers along almost deserted roads before arriving at the start of the Queen Charlotte Sound (more info). We must pass around the edge on our way to Kenepuru Sound and the Hopewell retreat. The 71 Km mountain bike journey across the Queen Charlotte ridge is one of the best in the world - a definate one for the next time to do list.
We stop here - (http://maps.google.com/?q=-41.21712,173.97111) to break our journey - what an idyllic little spot with accommodation and a cafe looking out over the water. If we weren't booked into Hopewell we'd of unpacked there and then. Myles and the rest of us stretched our legs and the journey continued on.
The dusty track took it's toll on us all and the car was covered.
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