Our accommodation for the night was Portage Resort Hotel in Kenepuru Sound. The hotel used to run the post office and telephone exchange for the area. We asked the hotel's cafe/bar if we could have our dinner to take out so we could enjoy this view from our deck.
Portage is a bit closer to civilisation, cell phones can get a signal, and it's accessible by road (or water taxi). It's a good place to spend some time as there are plenty of activities on offer - many walkers take a days break at Portage.
The local shop was interesting. It will sell you groceries and fuel, and they'll whip up some fish and chips for you if you're hungry.