Blogs from Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 2


New Zealand – Wellington and Able Tasmin – The end of the North Island and it was straight onto the South Island and what a place to start. After finishing a very demanding trek at Mt Doom the next morning we were all on our way to Wellington where we would stop for just one night before catching the ferry to the South Island to a place called Picton, however we would not be stopping in Picton other than picking up a new bus for the beginning of the South Island tour. The first stop on this tour is Albe Tasman which is known for its spectacular coast line, beach’s, treks and its scenery so I was eagerly anticipating good things to come. As mentioned above sadly I only had a few hours to look round ... read more
Punakaiki - Pancake rocks
Punakaiki -Kea bird
Able Tasman - My fellow travellers on the boat

Geo: -41.006, 173.01As our mission to find a reasonably priced item or activity in New Zealand continued, we left the Rotorua area and headed south with brief stops in Taupo (the Skydiving Capital of New Zealand), Taihape (the Gumboot Capital of New Zealand- really… the best symbol this town could identify with was a rubber boot?), Bulls (the Bull Capital of New Zealand- this town was very enthusiastic about using ‘Bull' as a descriptor, and, no bull, their sister city is Cowes in England), and Wellington (the actual capital of New Zealand), where we caught the ferry to the South Island. As we finished up our journey through the North Island, not only were we unsuccessful in experiencing a low cost, high value transaction, the bar actually went to a new low at the Taihape Riverview ... read more
Big Rubber Boot!
They Love Their Bull
Bulls' Sally Port

We drove along the northern coast of the south island to get to Abel Tasman National Park. We had some time to kill when we got there, so we decided to go...SKYDIVING! Well, it wasn't a totally spur-of-the-moment decision, we had planned on doing it somewhere in New Zealand. This seemed like the perfect place, with mountains, Carribean-blue coasts, and a overal great views of both the south and even the north islands. It was an awesome experience. The views from the plane were great, and we went up to 16,500 feet. Briana jumped out first- "ladies first", Brian said. The guides were great at making you look at all the cool things and Briana's even let her "steer" the parachute for part of the way. We have photos and a DVD we'll share when we ... read more

Took the water taxi to Totaranui to see the coast of Abel Tasman. It dropped me off at Bark's Bay for a hike to the Anchorage......beautiful scenery........I was able to cross from Torrent Bay to the Anchorage at low tide.......ferry ride back to Kaiteriteri beach.......awesome ferry system here.......don't even have to get your feet wet!... read more

Kayaking Abel Tasman Park today.....started out in Marahau with Abel Tasman Marahau Sea Kayak instructor, Hanna, was brilliant.......a pretty thorough briefing on safety, etc., turned out to be essential! The seas where from the south which meant they are not calm! Every picture you see on a brochure or magaizine is bullshit! lol......anyway, went from Marahau to Observation Beach....didn't seem far...........again, bullshit..... came ashore on a beautiful beach called Stillwell Bay......success and great sandy beach........launched, again success.........came ashore for the second time on Observation Beach........holy shit......huge waves and rolled it......quickly took me under and swamped the kayak......dragged it to shore and started "sea water removal".......giggle time........what a hoot........after that experience wondering how the hell to get off this isla... read more

After leaving Taupo we drove to the Tongariro Alpine crossing where others got kitted up for the 6-7 hour walk. Luckily the weather was with us & we got there in time so we set off & had glorious views from the top of the mountains & the emerald lakes. It was scenery from Lord of the Rings, stunning. After that long hike there was a well deserved soak in the hot tube before dinner. The next day, after a lie in, we went to the Blue duck lodge, which is in the middle of nowhere but very beautiful. I went for a walk to see the old depot used in that area & saw the blue ducks. When we tried to get out of there the next morning, our path was blocked by a fallen ... read more

The track was really extraordinary. It was quite chilly for most of the time and threatened rain, but through some brilliant maneuvering we made it through dry. The first night we stayed in the Anchorage hut and checked out some nice watering holes called Cleopatra pools, where we also happened upon a rather naked couple. Whoops. The Bark Bay hut was next and was the nicest with hardwood floors and spacious rooms, but was super crowded with people. We slept in our room with mostly Germans. The next day was our first high tide crossing, which we made easily. On to the Awaroa hut where there was hardly anyone! Hurray! Our final day we made the final easy trek to Totorauni where we caught a water taxi back. It was marvelous. We saw seals and penguins ... read more

Heute haben wir uns den Sky Dive über den Abel Tasman Park auf's Tagesprogramm gesetzt. Hier wird der höchste Sprung in ganz Neuseeland angeboten und das über der traumhaften Landschaft zwischen der Süd- und Nordinsel. Mit einer Cessna gings auf 16,500 feet, sprich 5.280 Meter. Ein einmaliges Erlebnis. Aussicht war klasse und der Geschwindigkeitsrausch überwältigend. Mit ca. 200 Sachen ging's Richtung Erde. Für 60 sec. gab's einen freien Fall und anschließend noch ein paar Minuten Sightseeing am Schirm hängend. Insgesamt dauerte die Action 20 Minuten .....--> lohnenswerte Investition.!!!!!! Nun geht's vom Mc (wo wir grad wieder sitzen) Richtung Golden Bay in den Norden der Südinsel. Adrenalinige Grüße, eure Kiwi-Hunter's!!! ... read more
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Heute morgen lautete die Devise Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund. Da das Wetter gut war, wollten wir uns den Sonnenaufgang über dem Meer ansehen. Deshalb wurden wir von Bernd um 7 Uhr morgens sanft geweckt. Es war arsch kalt. Die gefühlte Temperatur war minus 10 Grad, Gefroren hat's auf jeden Fall, was wir an der gefrorenen Wäsche feststellen konnten. Der Sonnenaufgang war wunderschön und entschädigte für das frühe aufstehen bei Minusgraden. Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück machten wir uns für den Track startklar. Per Wassertaxi ging's vorbei am bekannten Half Apple Felsen und an einer Robbenkolonie. Nach ca. 1 stündiger Fahrt ließen wir uns an der Barky Bay absetzen. Nun hieß es „Schwing die HUUUFTE“ und ab in den Dschungel!!!! Die Wanderung führte uns an einsamen, romantischen Buchten vorbei, wo Bernd (genannt Babbele) sentimental wurde :-). Auch ... read more

14.07.2011, Fahrt von Picton nach Marahau, Abel Tasman Nationalpark Heute Morgen gönnten wir uns erst einmal die lang ersehnte heiße Dusche im Campsite. Nachdem der Wassertank wieder gefüllt war, konnte die Reise bei strahlendem Sonnenschein fortgesetzt werden. Der Weg führte uns über den Queen Charlotte Drive, eine schmale, kurvenreiche aber wunderschöne Pass- und Küstenstraße. Noch bei Sonnenaufgang konnten wir am ersten Lookout einen herrlichen Blick auf Picton, den Hafen, sowie die gigantischen Marlborough Sounds werfen. Ein wirklich tolles Erlebnis, siehe Fotos. Danach hieß die Devise für unseren Driver Bernd: „GAS GEBEN“ und „WER BREMST VERLIERT.“ @ Waltraud, Marliese, Karl- Heinz: ka sorch, d' bua fäärt ouständich.:-) Nach Rekord verdächtiger Zeit erreichten wir Nelson. Eine Stadt, mit einen der meisten Sonnenstunden in ganz Neuseeland. Dies... read more

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