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January 16th 2010
Published: January 15th 2010EDIT THIS ENTRY

As we promised yesterday here are some photos from Abel Tasman National Park and areas south...

After a nice rest, spending three days in Punakaiki, we will continue heading south, stopping at the Fox Glacier and then heading to Milford Sound.

Cheers!


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InterIslanderInterIslander
InterIslander

The big ferry that took us from the north island to the south island (who knew with a name like that?)
PictonPicton
Picton

Top of the South Island.
Water taxi - Abel TasmanWater taxi - Abel Tasman
Water taxi - Abel Tasman

For those who can't hike the four day trail, you can take a shuttle to key points of the trail. For those camping, they even shuttle your gear!!
Tractor rideTractor ride
Tractor ride

WE boarded the boat on land and a tractor pulled us to the launch.
Making a drop-offMaking a drop-off
Making a drop-off

The taxi stopped at numerous points to drop off gear and pick it up. We had a great tour of the park before we even stepped on land.
The tide was outThe tide was out
The tide was out

There were a couple of places that we could only cross when the tide (5 metres!) was out.
View from trailView from trail
View from trail

We only hiked 12 km the first day and then returned to our hostel to sleep.
Tide is out again...Tide is out again...
Tide is out again...

This rock is featured on a bazillion post cards
The BarnThe Barn
The Barn

Our amazing hostel!
Buller GorgeBuller Gorge
Buller Gorge

A 110 m Swing bridge. Someone was a little nervous crossing it!
Buller GorgeBuller Gorge
Buller Gorge

Buller... Buller... Buller...
We succumbed...We succumbed...
We succumbed...

Ok... so we had not yet done any of the "extreme" crazy activites NZ has to offer, and we really wanted to see more of the gorge, so we bit the bullet and jumped into a boat full of senior citizens!
Worth every penny!Worth every penny!
Worth every penny!

We did donuts on the water, zoomed through rapids at 90km an hour and giggled at the little old woman squealing in delight!


16th January 2010

Wow!
Great pics and looks like you're having an awesome time. Happy Birthday!! Sally
18th January 2010

Awesome!
Hi you two! Thanks for the link! Love reading your entries and the pics. Looks like an awesome trip. Definitely a trip high on our list. We're off to south central Costa Rica in March...going to play with the monkeys! Have tons of fun and would love to hear more when you get home.
18th January 2010

Hello down there!
Sure enjoying your blog and amazed at the pics. Loving your sense of humour as you write of your exciting and daring experiences. Keep the posts coming. I tune in for a smile and a dream for the day. Stay safe. Aunt Viv
24th January 2010

Arts & Crafts
Hey dude. Nice photos. Looks like you are having a great time. By the way, nice close up shots of the local balls. Capris eh? Honestly. I've taught you nothing.

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