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Robin John’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 15 Sep 2011

Location: Portage, on Kenepuru Sound, New Zealand

MapToday I walked the longest leg of the Queen Charlotte Track, 16 miles from Punga Cove to Portage, a tiny resort on the west side of the mountain. From Punga Cove, the Track ascends steeply up to the saddle between the Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound and then up onto the ridge itself. You get superb views down both sides as the Track weaves back and fore from one side of the ridge to the other. The ridge itself is a bit like a switchback, with lots of up and down, but always a good solid track to walk on, mostly through the thick forest that covers both sides of the mountain. The weather has again been benign, just a sprinklling of rain at the top, but mostly sunny and dry.
The track is very well maintained, with good signage, and there has been no litter at all! I am walking alone, although there was another couple (Dai, originally from Ammanford, and Anne) doing the same walk today.
(I am still waiting for an opportunity to upload some more photos.)