Exploring a Beautiful Part of New Zealand
Several years ago my husband and I chose a holiday that was a little different for us. Our last holiday had been a South Pacific cruise, on a large cruise ship. We loved that experience, so when we saw the advertisement to do a little bit of cruising on a smaller scale in our own country, New Zealand, we jumped at the opportunity. The photo here is of the wee boat we spent a week on, exploring some of the most beautiful parts Of New Zealand I've seen. There were sixteen passengers on this boat The Affinity, as well as the captain and the chief cook and handy lady.
For seven days we cruised through Queen Charlotte Sounds, in the remote northern part of the South Island. Most days we had the opportunity to go on land, ranging from brief stops to much longer walks. Just imagine deep blueish water, surrounded by green native bushy hills. I don't think I'd ever experienced anything quite so peaceful.
Meals on board were superb. The evening meal was always something local, either caught from the sea such as the scallops, or local produce of some kind. In the evenings we moored in little bays, seemingly right away from civilisation. The Captain entertained us with stories of the region, giving us a good understanding of the history of the region.
Sometimes exploring your own country can be as equally rewarding as travelling abroad. If you're ever in New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound is a must.
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Image Credit » Personal photo of Val Mills