Queen Charlotte Track and Wellington

Right, I’m almost up to date! Last week, after Nelson, we headed to Picton. We arrived on a lovely afternoon and did a short walk up to a lookout point which had a fantastic view of the harbour and Queen Charlotte Sound. Picton is quite a small place, but we amused ourselves playing mini-golf — one of the best courses I’ve played, although it was more like pool than mini-golf the number of holes that required you to bounce the ball off one or more surfaces to get near the hole!

Unfortunately the weather the next day was decidedly less pleasant for our cruise in the Queen Charlotte Sound & 15km walk along the Queen Charlotte track, but it was still an excellent walk with some lovely views of the Sound which I think would have been amazing had the sun been out.

That evening we took the Interislander ferry to Wellington, a lovely medium-size city. The weather remained poor so the highlight of our day here was the National Museum, although Saturday morning we also walked up Mount Victoria for some nice views of the harbour and tried to spot some Lord of the Rings filming locations! We also tried a bit of wizard-spotting — the latest Harry Potter went on sale here at 11:01am, the witching hour British Summer Time — there were quite a few people in fancy dress in Dymocks [sic] book shop!