Easter Marlborough Sounds Trip

Returning to camp

Picton to Bluemine Island, Camping at Ratimera Bay two nights. We got the ferry to Picton and arrived Friday around midday. We then had plenty of time to settle into the hostel (with Mandarin tree!), visit the Marlborough Sounds adventure company for a briefing (and meet the very good boys Fred and Peanut), stock up … Read more

Tennyson Inlet Kayak

Tennyson Inlet kayaking as the sun sets

What a fantastic way to spend Easter! A very memorable experience kayaking the Marlborough Sounds indeed. What made this trip so special? Everything that could go right, went right. If anything didn’t go to plan then it effortlessly became an adjusted plan. An early start to the long weekend on Thursday with an anticipated ferry … Read more

Marlborough Sounds Kayaking

Our noble band of aquatically-inclined adventurers set foot on South Island soil well into the night. It was the kind of portentous start to our paddle-bashing adventure we all craved; for though we were tired, the dark, silhouetted Sounds held a spooky mystery and untold secrets that were ours to explore over the next three … Read more

Kayaking the Marlborough Sounds.

Being an Irishman I am accustomed to inclement weather letting an occasion down and was hoping that this wouldn’t be the case over Labour weekend. Luckily enough the weather Gods took pity on this group of mostly beginner kayakers and offered pleasant sunshine and reasonably calm waters for three days and 68 km of kayaking … Read more

Nydia Track

The Nydia Track is an easy two-day, 27 km walk. The track passes through regenerating bush, privately-owned farmland, and alongside the coast. It’s also used by mountain bikers, although we didn’t meet any this time. Saturday was a lovely fine day and we began with a 10 minute boat ride from Havelock Marina to our drop-off at … Read more

Port Underwood Bike Trip

The previous two trips being so enjoyable it was pretty much inevitable that I’d be out again the next weekend. The tails of excitement have clearly captured Angela’s imagination and she is a keen starter. I’m running the same bike set up as the previous two weekends with the exception that we now need a … Read more