To Anakiwa… and Beyond!

Now, back to that amazing water…

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I chose the shores of Davis Bay for my lunch spot as I traversed the last portion of the Queen Charlotte Track. I was glad I had left Lochmara with time to spare so I could spend about an hour wandering around here and enjoying the sunshine and turquoise ocean.

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No, this color is not a trick of Lightroom editing. Davis Bay is really just beautiful beyond belief. This spot was made all the more appealing by the fact that there were very few people around.

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I did see some kids, who couldn’t have been more than 10, driving their own small boats. Yikes. Besides that, the water was pretty much undisturbed.

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JUST LOOK AT THAT WATER!

I had noticed an incredible number of jellyfish while eating my lunch, so I decided to get a closer look.

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They were wonderful to observe from the safety of land. I know some of the jellyfish here don’t sting, but I’d rather not experiment after the nasty experience I had with one in Costa Rica when I was younger.

I reluctantly left Davis Bay behind, stopping for one last picture at another secluded beach along the way.

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Before I knew it, I was nearing the end of the track.

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Posts like this were scattered all along the track at random intervals, and I must admit it was nice seeing the kilometers go down and knowing the progress I’d made.

Soon, the trees gave way and I was in the small town of Anakiwa at the end of the Queen Charlotte Track.

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I was a couple hours ahead of schedule for my water taxi, but I didn’t mind having to hang out in this spot one bit.

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What a picture-perfect setting for some relaxation after a long few days of hiking.

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The dock couldn’t have been more photogenic.

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Hey there, Shadow Kelsey.

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I began to nod off as I sat by the water, so I decided to get a flat white at a nearby cafe truck. Not only was there a Border Collie waiting in line with its family, the cafe owners had a PIGLET! It was rooting around in the loose gravel and completely oblivious to all the fuss it was causing by being so damn adorable.

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The owner saw me trying to get a photo and held him up for me.

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I think I might just move to Anakiwa.

My water taxi came and we made the quick journey back to Picton, where I had some more time to spare. I got some good ol’ fried Kiwi fare at a Fish n Chips shop and made use of the town’s free WiFi. When it came time to board the ferry, I was lucky enough to be one of the first ones, which meant I got to choose any window seat I wanted.

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What better way to enjoy the ride back to Wellington?

The sunset wasn’t too bad, either.

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Just as we were leaving the South Island sounds, the sky really lit up. What a great way to end an amazing long weekend.

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Photo or watercolor painting?

We got into Wellington just after 11:00 pm and everyone tiredly shuffled offboard. I’m looking forward to my next journey to the South Island when I fly to Christchurch for Easter. In the meantime, I’ll be sure to share some of my adventures around town.

6 thoughts on “To Anakiwa… and Beyond!

  1. An amazing trip with so much beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

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    1. Thanks for inspiring me to travel from a young age. 🙂

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  2. All that gorgeous scenery and a piglet to boot! Damn near perfect.

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    1. If heaven exists, mine would closely resemble this place.

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  3. beautiful pictures ..

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