Well done Bichi and Mitch winners and runners up (one each) in both International and Evaluation contests.
I thought I had a good speech, but without time to memorise it, I didn’t present it well. It was a bad week with work and other things and getting off as plane from Auckland half an hour before the contest didn’t help. Would it have been enough? I don’t know; Bichi’s speech ticked all the boxes.
I look forward to seeing Bichi and Mitch progress in the Area contest and beyond.
Being chair of the evaluation contest means that I am nearly finished my CL manual. Really, Holly and Yogita did all the work. Thanks to them for a successful night.
So yes we cheated by getting a boat to Christmas Village and getting picked up at Freshwater. This cut about 4 nights off. It still was a very hard but very enjoyable 7 days walking. Lots of mud and some steep slippery banks
The boat getting ready to leave after dropping us at Christmas Village bay.
Yankee River hut
Yankee River by the hut
Long Harry hut – It would have been a nice hut for New years eve as it has a nice view to see the sun setting over the sea.
The view from Long Harry hut.
A random beach on track
View from the track
West Ruggedy hut.
A track through dunes.
Big Hellfire hut
Scenery from track
View of Mason’s Bay
Mason’s Bay (still 2 hours from hut) with view of high tide barrier
Dunes at Mason’s Bay
The old homestead at Mason’s Bay
The hut at Mason’s Bay
The boat ride out along Freshwater river
leaving Stewart Island
End of 2016 trip to Stewart Island
Flight to Invercargill and ferry to Oban gave us a few hours to have a quick walk into Invercargill.
Burt Munroe’s Indian Scout in Invercargill
Oban village by Ferry wharf
A Typical bay on the way to the start of the Rakiura walk
Symbolic link to the mainland at Lee Bay. There is another of these in Bluff. This is the start of the official walk, the entry to the national park.
Typical scenery from the first day of the walk – to Port William.
Maori Beach. There was a thriving settlement here at one stage.
Dawn at Port William
Someone wandering along the track to Bungaree at 6 am.
It came up and sniffed at my feet before running off as I startled it.
The scenery around North Arm
back to “civilisation” at Golden Bay, Oban.