On my trip in July of 2007 to the South Island of New Zealand – on the occasion of my girlfriend’s wedding – her daughter, Emily, and I took off one free afternoon to go on a mini-excursion.
We came upon this nifty looking, wooden Maori carving – quite TALL – which is located at the Karaka Point Historic Reserve (a short drive outside of Picton).
This look-out point offers up a spectacular view of part of the Marlborough Sounds area.
The following sequence of photos gives you a somewhat panoramic glimpse into these beautiful sounds.
The clouds and waves that day created a bit of dramatic ambiance.
I looked up some added information for you.
Online the site, 100% Pure New Zealand, describes the Marlborough Sounds as follows:
“Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. The area has three main bodies of water – Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorous Sounds. The Department of Conservation manages over 50 reserves in this scenic playground.”
There are grassy areas where one can walk about and enjoy the views. I imagined what it would be like to walk all the way to the end of that huge outcropping.
And finally, included is the sign as well.