Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park is an isolated peninsula in the Marlborough Sounds. Originally a large sheep station the property is now dedicated to “the business of saving our environment” and the pastureland is being left to revert to native forest.This is a place where nature can send huge waves surging up the cliffs while the sky seems filled with flowing dark anger. But it can also be a place that can be, and often is, of the utmost in tranquillity. When bellbirds call to the good life, high in their lush green world and the sea exchanges golden glances with the sun.
Our park is a place where you can perch on the cliffs, and gaze down into pools of gliding seals and flying penguins. Where the only passing traffic is likely to be a pod of orcas on their way south for their summer holiday, or dolphins, leaping between worlds. And where the odours are of fresh salt air mixed with the ancient smell of the bush rather than of the things of humanity.
Our park may not have pretty paths and trinkets made for tourists but we think that our Park is a happy place. A place, where people who are content to be part of nature rather than in control of it can find hope for the future from a glimpse of the past.
This is just so true to words, our visit there with family our children where a bit young to walk all the walks so we only did parts of the tracks, and staying in the homestead with no tv or computers only table tennis or books, our children had to reconnect with life for a few days without these products.
The wind can be strong here, but where the park is located there is always somewhere generally to get out of the wind.
One of the most interesting places we have stayed at with our family.