Our first exploration on the South Island was tramping a portion of the Queen Charlotte Track. Now there is some Kiwi lingo for you. Tramping is hiking, trails are tracks, and a walk in the woods or forest is a bush walk. Most people take 3-5 days to do the whole track…tramping several miles a day and camping or staying in backcountry huts with bunk beds and strangers. This does not appeal to us in any way, shape, or form. However, taking a boat to a portion of the trail, hiking all day, and returning to a lovely hotel room with a hot shower, a flushing toilet, and a good mattress does appeal to us! The “huts” do not offer any of these luxuries… Plus, after a long day of hiking, we don’t want to eat venison jerky and peanut butter sandwiches for dinner. We want a piping hot bowl of homemade seafood chowder and warm ciabatta bread from a restaurant in Picton’s harbor!