Arriving back in Picton from around the globe, a few friends got together for a fairly spontaneous kayaking adventure with Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co.
Some of us were meeting for the first time & some were old friends who hadn’t seen each other since we had escaped NZ winter for warmer pastures in the Northern Hemisphere. However, as soon as we hit the water, we were marveling at the place we once again called home.
The team was made up of 3 Swedish girls, one Scottish/Kiwi lass & 2 Kiwi lads. For the most part, we made a pretty eclectic, humourous bunch who were keen for a bit of adventure in the Marlborough Sounds.
Monday morning had us up & grabbing Ozone coffee (& the odd can of Redbull) as we set about launching 2 double & 2 single sea kayaks off the Picton Foreshore. The wind was light & made for a cruisy paddle out of the harbour & across to Double Cove where we stopped for a nutritious snack (hummus, bread & bottles of Tui).
The fleet paddled on with plenty of banter to keep us entertained. When we arrived at Kumatoto Bay, we set up camp in the Native Bush & bathed in the early Summer sunshine. So good to be home! Sitting on the beach, we all looked out at the Sounds feeling lucky to be in such a beautiful place.
The evening had us gathered on the beach, chatting, munching ravioli, carving ineffective fish spears, track missions in the bush & so much laughing we fell off our seats/logs. During the night we had a visit from a bush piglet (a bushlet?) & a cheeky Weka who stole some of Kristen’s bread!
On Tuesday morning, we feasted on cereal, leftover risotto & coffee which Blair brewed cup by cup over his handy camping percolator. We set off back to Picton, cruising by a fur seal napping in the sunshine.
Heading toward Grove Arm, the wind picked up & had us ducking into bays & doing a bit of tame wave surfing & sailing with our paddles in the air.
We arrived back in Picton, happily tired, salt-encrusted, sun tanned, hungry for lunch & some more adventure.
Thanks Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co.