Blogs from Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Marahua, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park, and the most tropical place imaginable outside of the Caribbean itself. In Summer it looks and feels that way at least, and in Winter well, it's still pretty close! Nothing is open. The one bar and cafe combined, the stone-baked pizza grill and all but one sea kayak rental establishment, shut for Winter. Marahau is one beach front road that takes you straight to the edge of the NP; apart from three campsites, two horseback centres and the aforementioned, that's it. The peace and tranquillity, plus the lack of people this time of year, made it the most perfect place to take a couple of nights out. Choosing a paid spot, Marahau Beach Campsite, could not have been better in any respect. Spotlessly clean, having all facilities ... read more
Abel Tasman NP
Abel Tasman NP

A Tale of Two Trips. One from Sumner to Dunedin and back, and after two days at home, Sumner to Nelson and back. WHY! The Dunedin trip was primarily to watch a three day soccer tournament that grandson Luca was participating in. The tournament was a great success for his team as they reached the finals, but unfortunately lost that game. Needless to say a big disappointment to Luca and his team, which dissipated once they realized how well they had done to reach that final game. While the games were going on, Ann managed to take Lola to the Dunedin Museum where they had a fun time - especially in the butterfly exhibit. There was also a visit to the Cadbury's Chocolate factory, with the obligatory bag of chocolate treats. After the tournament, Philip and ... read more
Dunedin Soccer - Team Shot with Medals
Dunedin Soccer - Luca with Grandparents
Dunedin Railway Station

Another unique vacation day in New Zealand. I spent the day at Abel Tasman National Park. This is a unique park in that the main access to the coastal points of the park are via the water. You basically take a water taxi to one of several drop-off points, then select a point from which to return from scheduled routes. I followed The Falls River outing where I was dropped off at Torrent Bay, hiked to Bark Bay, and picked up for my return trip. I used Abel Tasman AquaTaxi which I found to be excellent. They even provide a pick-up service at your local isite. Once dropped off you are on your own until the pick-up. I hiked 7.7 km to Bark Bay. The initial taxi ride to the drop off was interesting as they ... read more
Split Apple Rock
Torrent Bay
Torrent Bay

Following 22 days exploring the North Island, it is time to have a look at the South Island. Day 22 was spent merely driving to Wellington to await the ferry early the next morning. Today I caught the Interislander ferry; specifically the Kaitaki. This was another milestone in my journey as I was leaving the North Island behind. With Monday being a holiday in New Zealand it was a full ferry. The crossing lasts three and a half hours crossing the Cook Strait from Wellington in the North Island to Picton in the South Island. The last hour is quite scenic as the ferry pushes down Queen Charlotte Sound and passes numerous secluded bays, coves and inlets. Upon arrival at Picton, I had a 3 hour drive to Motueka, which I was using as a staging ... read more
Scenery on the way to Wellington
Scenery on the way to Wellington

Petkovo sončno vreme sva izkoristila za ogled narodnega parka Abel Tasman, ki leži na severu južnega otoka in je znan po kilometrih peščenih plaž v skrivnih zalivih, ki jih z ene strani obdaja modrozeleno morje, z druge pa deževni pragozd. Pot skozi park (Abel Tasman Coast Track) pohodnika vodi od enega do drugega, številni si za pohod vzamejo več dni časa in kampirajo kar v parku. Iz pristaniškega Pictona sva zjutraj krenila proti zahodu. Izbrala sva pot skozi vinogradniško dolino med mestoma Spring Creek in Renwick. Opazila sva številne vinske kleti, ki so imele sumljivo evropska imena: Johanneshof, Georges Michel... (Včeraj nama je na trajektu neki upokojeni kmet s severnega otoka povedal, da so Novozelandce vinogradništva naučili Dalmatinci, ki so zelo kmalu prišli na Novo Zelandijo. Poleg te nama je zaupal tudi številne druge, ta trenutek ... read more
Plaže ob oseki
Queen Charlotte Sound

Getting Started We woke early and packed the car, not quite knowing what lay ahead of us. We were heading for the Abel Tasman National Park where we were hoping to Kayak. It was a very last minute decision though and we hadn't managed to pre-book. We weren't at all sure we would be able to just turn up and go out on the sea. We headed for the Sea Kayak Company in Moteuka. I went in and made the booking, no questions asked - they just loaded an extra kayak onto the load that was departing twenty minutes later. We were told to follow the kayaks and we did so; down narrow winding roads, up mountains; into deep valleys; through a dense forest; and then to a calm turquoise sea. This was our first glimpse ... read more
Kayaking Abel Tasman
Sunset at Mosquito Bay
Penguins at Abel Tasman

Arrivés sous des trombes d'eau, nous avons décidés de laisser passer l'orage et d'attendre le lendemain. Nous avons dormis dans un charmant pavillon surplombant la mer, le réveil était magnifique avec un beau soleil. La randonnée de plusieurs jours s'effectue du côté montagneux à l'est de ma map ci-dessous. N'ayant pas beaucoup de temps, nous avons sélectionné "le meilleur" passage d'après nos critères: arrivée en voiture, marche avec une belle vue et surtout pas trop physique car nous attaquons dans quelques jours un glacier. La randonnée sur la plage suivie d'une petite marche à travers la forêt pour retrouver une nouvelle plage nous paraissait le plus judicieux. Nous avons compris la raison du surnom de cette côte "Golden Bay", un jaune / or, une impression de marcher sur du blé, des diamants nous a impressionné. Nous ... read more
Abel Tasman Park
Abel Tasman Park
Abel Tasman Park

18 fev (A Punaikaiki) Il pleut alors qu'on remet nos packsack dans le coffre de notre reluisante voiture. Pas une grosse pluie lourde tse, mais une pluie particulee comme un spray de Windex. Les cigales cachees sous les feuilles autour du campement n'ont que partiellement diminuees leur grincement familier. La pluie ne les arrete guere vous savez! On reprend encore une fois la route aujourd'hui. Sous la pluie et le gris du ciel. Les forets denses le long de la route sont interminables. C'est la "No Coffee Road". Pas facile une matinee sans cafeine tse... surtout quand on doit parcourir 91 kilometres avant le premier semblant de village. Ambiance de ruee vers l'or. Les patelins silencieux qu'on traverse ont connu leurs heures de gloire... dans les annees 1800. Il ne s'y passe plus grand action ici... ... read more
Abel Tasman National Park

Geo: -41.006, 173.01We arrived at the last motel just before the park entrance at lunch time - a great location, and good views from the terrace of the garden and fields. We walked into the park in the afternoon for several hours and found a great beach where I had a wonderful invigorating swim on a hot afternoon and saved up our expensive water taxi ride for the next full day on the abel tasman trail. This was a great day - sunny and windy again and off on another adventure. At 9.00am we booked in to the water taxi office just next door and climbed onto the speed boats while still in the car park for the 10 min ride down to the beach. The tide was out a long way so tractors towed the ... read more
but wet feet getting off
one beautiful beach
after another

After our early morning ferry ride, we arrived in Picton at the top of New Zealand's South Island, around 11:30am. We filled up on petrol and headed for our stop for the night a town called Nelson, some 100km away. Again, we'd been blessed with a clear, sunny day - so much for it being winter. As such, we decided to take our time and take the long, windy coastal route via Havelock as we'd read it was a much more scenic drive. We weren't disappointed. The views of the Marlborough sounds were incredible; turquoise coloured sea, lush green headlands and golden coves all the way. Every five minutes I pulled over to take pictures. Just before we reached Havelock, we pulled into a picnic ground and boiled up some instant noodles. We sat there in ... read more
Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman

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