Travels with My Mother

A postcard from Punga Cove, Marlborough Sounds

My mum and I thought it would be a good way to spend some much needed time together, seeing as I didn’t get the chance to visit often. I like a long tramp and she enjoys a good bush walk, although nothing too taxing. The Queen Charlotte Track seemed to offer the best of both worlds at 70 kilometres from Ship Cove to Anakiwa, but with comfortable accommodation on route and options for having your bags transported by water taxi.

On our second night we had booked in at the Punga Cove Resort, and were pleased to find a pub right on the dock as we wandered in after a long day of walking. Smaller and more relaxed than the famous Furneaux Lodge across the inlet, the pub here offered big handles of ice cold beer and basic food like fish ‘n’ chips. After a couple of jumps off the wharf we sat drying off in the sun with our drinks. We mused on how great it would be to come back one day and camp or rent a bach across the way. We would be able to row over to the pub in the afternoons, tying up at the wharf, no taxis or sober drivers required.