New Zealand 2003 travel blog

John checks for directions

We packed up the tent and drove down to Te Anau, stopping briefly at Garston and Athol to show Kate where I had been working on the conservation project last month.

We were heading to Te Anau as this was where we would be starting our two day kayaking trip into Doubtful Sound, one of the largest and most dramatic of the fiords in this part of the country. We had already booked the trip and we had been told to report to the trip base in town at 5pm today for a briefing on what we would be doing and what we would need to bring, as we would be setting off at 6am tomorrow morning. They provided most of the gear we needed, we just had to bring sleeping bags, food and clothes.

We arrived early afternoon so we just caught up on a few things before we went along to the meeting. It was a small town (surprise, surprise) lying on the shore of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island.

At the base, we met Bill, the kayak company owner, along with our companions for the weekend: David and Krisha (a swiss couple our age) and Jess, Phil, Cato and Davo (Australians in their mid 20s). It seemed like a good little group so the next few days should be quite fun.

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