Queen Charlotte isn’t a trip that I’ll forget anytime soon. My friends and I had a fantastic time getting to know each other and ourselves better. At some points, it was also hilarious (such as when the boy’s tent fell down). And at some points, it was hard (like when we were walking up hills with large packs).
The first day was a long day. We had to be at the ferry terminal by 6.30am! We then had the 4 hours boat ride. After that, the Nelson Lakes and Queen Charlotte groups split. The Nelson Lakes were off by bus to their trip and the Queen Charlotte people went on a short boat ride to the start of our walk. The first day of the tramp was long and uphill. It was tough especially as we had 4 days’ worth of food and tents but at the end, you can look up at where you’ve just walked and the feeling of accomplishment is amazing. The views along the Queen Charlotte trail are pretty stunning as well. Although it wasn’t so amazing when we had to use a long drop (urgh). The second day of the walk was much easier, it was closer to the water line and there wasn’t nearly as much height. It was also much shorter. At the end of the second day, we were rewarded with a campsite beside a beach where we could swim and a normal (not a long-drop) toilet. This is how we spent the rest of that day and the next, beside the beach and in the water swimming or kayaking. On the last day, we packed up, ate breakfast and got back on another boat which took us back to Picton. On this boat ride, almost everyone fell asleep which is a testament to how much we did and how much fun we had. The ferry ride back was full of tired teenagers and lots of stories (and only a few were exaggerated).
The entire trip was fantastic and a great experience for everyone. Everyone came home with great stories and loads of pictures. Everyone who goes this year will have a great time especially since I and a few of my friends are getting to go back for Round 2!
By Daniella Thompson