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Jan 16, 2015 - Abel Tasman National Park

We drove to the capital of Wellington, where we boarded a ferry to cross the Cook Strait to the south island. The ferry ride was a treat in itself; while we had somewhat misty weather I still managed to spot huge pods of dolphin through the foggy windows. I was just sitting there and pop! An entire dolphin popped into view! And another, and another! I shouted out my joy at seeing them and soon several of us passengers were crowding around the window, watching them jump out of the water to follow the boat. Then after a brief respite, I saw...

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Feb 4, 2014 - Abel Tazman National Park for 5 days

Tues 4th Feb………… Abel Tasman NP…………… Been told we need to be at Motueka for 10.15 so early start for a change. Actually we made good time and arrived about 9.15 so has time to kill. Coach does a pickup around hotels in Nelson so the rest of out group didn’t actually arrive till about 11. Not a lot to the town but had coffee and a stroll but really just one main street. Back to Wilson’s office to meet guide and rest of group. We are 8 in total and 1 guide called Connie, Steve is the token man, which is unusual for a walking trip. Anyway we...

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Dec 23, 2013 - Greymouth - Abel Tasman Park

Punakaiki Rock formation Drive to Abel tasman Night stay (2 nights) Abel Tasman Stables located five minutes walk from the entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park, Park Cafe' and bus stop, ten minutes walk to water taxis and kayak companies who do pick-ups from our place. To get to our place you drive through the town of Motueka. About 7 kilometres this side of the town you come to a T junction with a sign Abel Tasman National Park Marahau. Turn left at this sign and about 50 metres further on you will see another sign Marahau 10 klms....

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World Traveller

Jul 28, 2013 - A Place to Stand

A Place to Stand July 23, 2013 I wake up only a little sore from yesterday and am ready to balance out. I figure with the four hour kayaking trip, I will be just as sore above as below. I arrive at the Kahu Kayak center which is also based in Marahau, and meet Rene (like Renee, the girl’s name), my guide for the day. He is a happy, friendly guy, with a delightful gap-toothed grin. He is a little shorter than me but very solidly built. He told me later that “a very long time ago” he competed for the World Title in Thai Boxing and lost to the...

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Jul 25, 2013 - Step by Step

Step by Step July 21 Today is my big hiking day. I’ve never hiked for seven hours before, the longest I’ve walked is somewhere under two hours. I don’t know why it feels important to do, but I figure how bad can it be? It’s not like I’m swimming seven hours, that would concern me. I can stop and rest if I get tired, I have plenty of water and a sandwich. I’m golden. The water taxi is pretty cool. It’s a motorboat that seats about 16 people. It’s on a boat trailer which is attached to a big tractor. We all board the boat in the parking...

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Jan 17, 2013 - Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park was definitely one of the Highlights of our trip of New Zealand. It's located on the North Western Shore of the South Island and has one of the easiest and most beautiful tramping tracks of New Zealand. There are a number of 3 to 5 day hiking trails, depending on the options taken. It has a combination of 51 km golden beaches and native bush. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stay with Joy, a friend of a friend,. who is an avid traveler and hiker herself. She let us stay at her cottage and...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Oct 24, 2012 - More Abel Tasman NP hikes

10/24/2012 Greg and I hiked today from Awaroa Bay to Medlands Beach. Again, because of our boat’s schedule, we had to be at a relatively fast pace in order to complete the hike on time. However, there were many more open areas in the trees from which to spy the coast. It was lovely and lovelier! Plus we got to spend more time walking across beaches then on the previous hike. The boat trip out to our departure point was very cold due to the fact that G and I were in the very last seats right before the motor. It was uncovered and very...

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Oct 22, 2012 - Abel Tasman: Barker Bay to Anchorage

Oct. 22, 2012 Arrived in the small town of Motueka. It is one of the hop off point for the Abel Tasman track. We are staying at the Laughing Kiwi hostel and this time we have a room with an en suite. I am so excited. It has a little tiny sink which looks like someone cut the front half off. You can actually walk around the bed and the bedside stand has shelves on it. 7th heaven for backpackers! Most of the town is closed since they are still celebrating Labour Day. Oct. 23, 2012 We went on our first hike on the Abel Tasman track. It was...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Ready and Able Tasman

Abel Tasman Hi Everyone, Bit of a blow for us having had a great run on the road north from Greymouth to Abel Tasman, only to realised the biggest DOC campsite had been closed due to landsliding and torrential rain. Luckily we got sorted with a nice family run camping ground which proved more cost effective than the DOC. The gorgeously large hot water shower portals and spanking huge kitchen, to share with yet more French campers and the odd Mancunian trying his luck to catch a ride to Picton ferry. The crunch came when he got our washing...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Oct 30, 2011 - Abel Tasman

Spent another day driving north towards the Abel Tasman. Slept in the car again at Old MacDonalds Farm!! before setting off on a 25km hike/tramp along the Abel Tasman coast path. Camped overnight on a beach campsite and found $20 the next morning. We then tried to get to Aworwa Lodge where our friends Lucie and Barry had made us a wedding voucher to have tea there. However the tide got the better of us and we did not make it, so had to sun bath on the beach for a couple of hours before getting the water taxi back to the car. Sorry Lucie...

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Oct 26, 2011 - Abel Tasman National Park

Endlich wieder zurück in der Zivilisation. Die letzen Tage waren wir im Abel Tasman Nationalpark unterwegs. Wir haben dort mit Wilsons Abel Tasman (http://www.abeltasman.co.nz/) den Abel Tasman Coastal Walk gemacht. Ich hatte ja diese Wanderung herausgesucht, weil es im Prospekt hiess, dass dies die einfachste Mehrtagestour ist, die man in Neuseeland machen kann. Zudem hatten wir mit Wilsons den Service, dass unser Gepäck transportiert wurde und wir nicht im Zelt oder Hütten übernachten mussten, sondern in wunderschönen Lodges, welche sich...

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New Zealand 2011

Apr 25, 2011 - NZ Day 23, Pancake Rocks

Easter day for Canada, we woke up early to enjoy another hot shower and call our families to wish them a Happy Easter, we were able to get a hold of Jason’s mom and my dad. Nice to hear their voices, it had been a while. New Zealand is so large and so many town and DOC campgrounds are in such remote areas that connection to WIFI to download photos and updates can be a difficult task. We left Greymouth and made our way further up the coast to the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki. They form from stylobedding, appearing as though many layers of thin...

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