We meandered about that night and made camp. I ended up going for a swim and watching the sunset over the bush line behind the beach, slowly watching the nightfall. If you looked out towards the ocean, you could see the red lights of Bluff, the bottom of the South Island. It's amazing... In the 3 weeks over Christmas, New Years and then the 1st week of January, I had made my way all the to the top of the South and down to the bottom without even realising it. I highly recommend it!
The following morning, we woke up early and packed up our tent and gear. We had the biggest walking mission this day, making our way over to the North Arm Hut, where Cam and his team had a built a camp shelter and a brand new Warden's hut for the Department of Conservation. This was a grueling hike with the amount of gear we had, but we made it and I went for a victory swim once I got there. My legs felt like rubber, the swim was just what I needed after such an intense hike. Our friend, Rakiura, picked us up via water taxi from North Arm and dropped us back near Oban where we had a final night at the pub.
The last day we were able to spend over at Ulva island, taking in the wild life. We spotted some cheeky Weka and a couple beautiful Saddlebacks along the trails we were on. I didn't really want to leave but it was such a great introduction to an incredible part of this country. I can't wait to go back and explore more!