That evening we stayed in a scenic, walk-in, waterside Department of Conservation (DOC) campsite, where we shared the site with one other tent (see album at the end of this post). Early the next morning we drove to the kayak rental headquarters, where we emptied our belongings across their lawn and packed for our first overnight kayaking trip in New Zealand (and Henk's first overnight trip ever!). Destination: Kenepuru Sound in Marlborough Sounds on the north coast of the South Island.
We stopped at a very scenic beach for a pee- and snack-stop (cover photo of the blog). When we departed, we were both using our rudders. The kayaks didn't have skegs, and the strong winds made tracking a challenge. It was the first time I've ever used a rudder, and it felt a bit like giving in, but it really made paddling in the strong wind more enjoyable.
Photos of the South Island, Part 1
Distance: 20 km (12.4 miles) each day
Duration: 2 days!
Weather: Super windy on day 1 (howling!) and less windy on the morning of day 2. Pleasant temperatures.