Queen Charlotte Sound
The day for Brad will begin at Ship's Cove, and will have him wandering through a complex "Lord of the Rings" landscape. Beginning on Queen Charlotte Sound he will pass Resolution Bay, head north again to Furneaux, south to Big Bay and then past Bay of Many Coves (on the east side of the trail). Although the Te Araroa Trail is headed south, it is also going west from Kenepuru Head (on the west side of the trail), along Kenepuru Sound.
My examination of the South Island's northern section on Google Earth, shows complex land and water formations, reminding me of the Puget Sound's intricate coves, bays, and islands where one can explore for years always finding something new and interesting and beautiful and wild. The urge to plan a kayak trip to this area of New Zealand is intense.