TA Day 72- Hello Picton

Today – 4km from Ship Cove to Schoolhouse bay DOC camp

Total – 1692.4km

Yay! I was stoked to set foot on the South Island, and I really love the cute little town of Picton where I have spent some time in the past.

My 330am ferry went very smoothly, slept almost the entire way and had a beautiful view with the sunrise into Picton.

Walked around the marina to Beachcomber water taxis , who do a sweet deal for TA hikers heading out to Ship Cove, and booked myself into the 9am sailing.

This gave me an hour to go relax and enjoy a nice coffee before setting off.

I ran into some hikers which was really nice to catch up with them, and lots of general public and other trampers heading out to start their adventures.

Soon enough, I was enjoying a glorious cruise around the Malbourough Sounds, the colour of the water was incredible, what a way to start the South Island.

Arriving at Ship Cove, I enjoyed learning more about Captain Cook and his time here, and took the classic “beginning the South Island” snap.

The Queen Charlotte track is so beautifully graded, what a treat for my body and legs to start off.

I had decided already to probably just cruise the 4km to the first campsite and have a rest day after all the overnight travel. The weather has been gorgeous so why not!

What a great decision. I cruised the 4km, passing ship saddle with some stunning views to the neighbouring islands and coves.

It was so hot, so drinking water will be a big part of my next few days!

Landed at schoolhouse bay campsite, which is gorgeous. Went for an afternoon swip, read, had a glorious nap and enjoyed some dinner. How all days should be!

The wind is meant to be picking up really bad tonight, hopefully not as bad as my night in Pukarea Bay a few nights ago. The campsite is nicely sheltered so she’ll be right.

Also, the cicadas are sooooo loud here!

Was reunited with my favourite weka birds which love to cheekily nick things if you leave them lying around unattended.

Looking forward to what’s in store!

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