After a long drive through curvy, unsealed roads, eager to find a place to cool down and relax, we spotted an access track to a remote beach, where we could have a nice swim. During Jon's exploration of the area, he found a hidden shack that some people probably use as their holiday residency for a calm and relaxing weekend (below). The shack was invisible from the water and from the road. The only vehicle access was at low tide along a rocky tidal platform - which held no trace of the car passing... clever.
Pushing our hire car to its limits, we ended up on a hill with an amazing view over the the Marlborough Sounds.
We accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up on a deserted pine tree logging site, Sam and I enjoyed playing with the big diggers: Never say that diggers are only for boys!
The next day we decided to have a look on the popular Queen Charlotte track. Although it was quite touristy, we enjoyed the beautiful landscape and the nice views from the coastal track. We even found a crystal clear freshwater creek (below), where we had a tasty lunch (which Jon, needless to say, had not prepared - he is hopeless with food!) and a swim.