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More practical information on Queen Charlotte Track

For those of you interested in tracking New Zealand, but are put off by the crowded Abel Tasman Park Track, or the difficult to get into Milford Sound Track should definitely try this one. The Queen Charlotte Track is officially called a walk, and supposedly it is suitable for people of all ages and all fitness level. That may be true and fine, but having gone through Queen Charlotte, I have a warning. New Zealanders are such outdoors people that their definition of walk is really our definition of a good hike, and their assessment of how long it takes to cover a distance should be taken with a grain of salt, especially by those who are taking the shorter 1-2 hours walk. Build in some extra time, or you will be sure to be extremely frustrated, and therefore not able to enjoy the walk as much as you can.

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