Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Glowing Skies

Rakiura meaning "glowing skies", and is the Maori name for Stewart Island. After a few days chasing birds and getting to know the island ,we set of on the three day 36k Rakiura track. We hiked around 8 miles a day. At night we were tucked up in one of Stewart Islands many Department of Conservation huts. Each hut sleeps around twenty people and provides trampers with a bunk bed, outhouses and water. The rest was up to us. With Becky in charge, we had sumptuous dinners each night and even schlepped in a bit of wine. The trail was lovely, and the first day we meandered across several gorgeous beaches. The second day was a lot up hill and wading through muddy tree roots. We sure did sleep well that night. Noted as one of New Zealand's Great Walks, we certainly did agree.

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