New Zealand Walk: Walk­ing the Track

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Queen Char­lotte Track Inc. has cham­pi­oned the virtues of the Queen Char­lotte Track since 1993 and COVID-19 is a chal­lenge the or­gan­i­sa­tion is ready to meet and over­come. Chair­man Rob Burn is set to ‘walk the talk’ of sup­port­ing lo­cal when he and his wife Carolyn re­trace the steps she last walked 25 years ago, com­plet­ing most of the Queen Char­lotte Track this win­ter.

“I have promised Carolyn a walk on the Queen Char­lotte Track the first chance we get, see­ing our own back­yard, es­pe­cially with our Au­tumn weather still good,” he says.

“Most of our op­er­a­tor mem­bers have not had an easy time over the last few months and with­out in­ter­na­tional flights our tourism busi­nesses will likely just be wel­com­ing our fel­low Kiwis who we hope will ex­plore our lo­cal of­fer­ings to get us through this com­ing Win­ter and Sum­mer,” he says.

Rob and his wider com­mit­tee are mo­ti­vated to en­sure New Zealan­ders are aware of the won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence the Queen Char­lotte Track of­fers.

“Our other ray of sun­shine could be the ‘Tran­sTas­man Bub­ble’ con­cept be­ing worked on now. We all know our Aussie cousins and ex­pat Kiwis love to walk, cy­cle, eat and drink and that is what the Queen Char­lotte Track can of­fer in abun­dance,” he says.

So fel­low New Zealan­ders, there has never been a bet­ter time to fol­low in Rob’s foot­steps, to sup­port lo­cal New Zealand walk­ing trails like the Queen Char­lotte Track and ven­ture out into your big back­yard.

What are you wait­ing for New Zealand? Below: The track is well-de­fined and passes through stretches of lush coastal for­est with punga ferns cre­at­ing a canopy over­head.

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