Blogs from Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 4

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We started off by nearly missing the start of the trip due to a road accident on the road into Motueka, but luckily we made it, and caught the bus with the rest of the group to Marahau, and then the WaterTaxi to Onetahuti beach where we got kayaks, paddles, spraydecks, and cags for the wimpy people, and set off. I was in the front of our kayak, Andrew was steering in the back. We started off to Tonga Island at a very leisurely pace as the people there for just a half day were quite slow. Once there we paddled round the island, watching the seals and cormorants (shags), and stopping off on the far side for lolly cake - rocky road cake but made with sweets rather than raisins. Then we headed back to ... read more
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Abel Tasman National Park- We drove from Nelson to a tiny village in the National Park called Marahau where we took a boat ride to Split Apple Rock and Seal island. The boat dropped us off at Tonga Bay where we walked 14km in 4 hours to Torrent bay. We walked through the forest, it was very scenic, we saw waterfalls, lagoons, penguins, seals and crossed the death bridge (a piece of rope suspended 20 metres above rocky terrain). ... read more
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So after a quick pit stop in Auckland we were back on the road heading for the Picton ferry. The day couldn’t have gone any better. We left Auckland at 10am and arrived at the ferry terminal in Wellington at 6pm - 640 odd kilometers in 8 hours and no traffic jams, sweet as. Next stop was to the northwest tip of the South Island to visit Abel Tasman, New Zealand’s smallest National Park. The big attraction is the Costal Track, which runs 51 kilometers through native bush to sandy beaches and cliff fronts with blue green sea. The walk is generally done in 3 days but unfortunately we didn’t have that long so we decided to do a combo trip, which included kayaking, a water taxi and a short walk so we could see the ... read more
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WELLINGTON JA ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK 2.-10.4.2010 Ei kerta kaikkiaan ole aikaa kirjoittaa. Täytyy pian mennä nukkumaan, koska huomenna on ohjelmassa Franz Josef Glazier Walk. Täytyy herätä aikaisin ja olla virkeä, ettei suistu jäätiköltä alas. Joten nyt vain luettelen mitä olen tehnyt. Se kuvaa parhaiten olotilaani Uuden Seelannin hengästyttävässä rytmissä ja uskomattomissa maisemissa. Välimatkat ovat pitkiä täälläkin. Koko päivän matkustimme Tongariron kansallispuistosta Wellingtoniin. Yhdestä hullusta keksinnöstä kiwit ovat vähän niin kuin kateellisia suomalaisille. Se on saappaanheitto. Stray-bussissa minun piti oikein nousta seisomaan, jotta kaikki olisivat nähneet, minkälainen on saappaanheiton keksijäkansan edustaja. Toisin kuin Suomessa Uudessa Seelannissa on jopa rakennettu saappaanheittoratoja verorahoin. Wellingtonissa kiersin Mt V... read more
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At our amazing hostel just outside of Motueka we had an outdoor pool and we were surrounded by apple orchards. It was amazing! Of course Emily and I being the daredevils that we are we went for a swim in the non-heated pool. It was freaking cold!!! We lasted about 5 minutes I’d say. Haha. Pictures We were up early the next morning and drove over to Marahau to get our kayaks. We had to spend almost 2 hours on land to go over all the safety things with kayaking and going over the maps so we knew where we were going. We got our kayaks all packed up. Me and Emily were in a double kayak together and Louise was in a single kayak by herself. They have several ‘dry’ storage places in the kayaks ... read more


From Renwick, we got the bus a couple of hours west to Nelson. There we shopped around and booked kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park for the next day. We were picked up at 7am and taken to Marahau, a village (or rather collection of a few buildings) on the border of the park. We met Jack (or 'Jeck') at the kayak office who showed us where we would be paddling and how to survive in a kayak (what to do if it upturned, stopped working, exploded etc). We then got on the water where he stayed with us for a few minutes and then left us to brave the open ocean! We kayaked to the first of two small islands (unfortunately encountering waves on the way so getting a bit damp) and stopped on a ... read more
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We have just returned from 3 days of kayaking and hiking through NZ's Able TasmanPark (named after the British explorer) where we encounterd original growth forests with 1000 year old trees, electric blue seas, penguines, seals, and ancient local traditions. A Land of superb bush walks, beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, and friendly locals, we walked through lush native bush, cruised the pristine coastal waters, lunched on a golden beach. We hiked and kayaked over 50 km guided by John and Dave and a new set of vagabound friends who sought out this northern point of the southern island. Most of our hiking mates were from the UK with a smattering from other parts of the world as we shared their travel storie,s wine and dinners in the private lodges each night. We hope we will ... read more
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Hi Everyone, I am now in the South Island, came over from Wellington last Thursday, 21st. Everyone says that the South Island is more beautiful and interesting than the North Island, well, it is definately living up to its name, its really mountainous and rugged. I spent a fantastic weekend at the Abel Tasmin National Park (named after the Dutch explorer that actually discovered NZ before Cook!) - about an hours drive from Nelson. Everything in NZ is so organised - a water taxi book my bag to the boat and I hiked in about 15 kms - I stayed on a boat moored at Anchorage Bay. It was just what I needed after some dodgy hostels!! I did plenty of hikes along the coast and had my first sea kayak! The sea was quiet calm ... read more
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instead of flying to our different placements, we decided to buy a car so we could see more of the country and make the most of our time off... on our way to westport, we took the inter-island ferry that goes from wellington to picton on the south island. this ferry takes about 3 hours. we then drove from picton to nelson where we stayed for the night. the road from picton was very windy and narrow; albeit, quite gorgeous views. picton is in the "marlborough" region which is very well known for its sauvignon blanc. nelson is a cute hippy-ish town which, interestingly, is very similar to nelson BC. we stopped at a "holiday park" for the night.. the owner was quite nice and let us leave all of our luggage there while we went ... read more
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Well after camping the night at Old MacDonalds farm (yes you wouldn't adam and eve it) we awoke early on the 14th to embark on the Abel Tasman great walk with slight trepidation! We loaded up with everything we could possible need for the next 4 days, then put some of it back in the van.... We were embarking on one of NZ's Great Walks and the weather was glorious, it really doesn't get much better than this. We were leaving from MaraHau going via Anchorage to Bark Bay where we were to sleep in a series of shared huts. First off a causeway traverses an estuary and it is soon clear the tidal nature of this walk. Past Tinline Bay, we turn inland at Yellow point winding in and out of small gullies whilst having ... read more
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