Posted by: sunnyharvy | April 14, 2016

Amazing Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its world-famous coastal walking track, its golden beaches, unmodified estuaries, sculptured granite cliffs and mild climate. One could easily spend days or even weeks in this area, but we made the most of our day and a half. There are no roads into Abel Tasman. The best way to reach most of the park is from the sea.

Last summer in Alaska we watched (and video taped) tractors launch powerboats into shallow ocean waters. We never thought we would experience it ourselves a few months later!

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Our skipper picked us up on dry land at Marahau. Note ramp at back of boat.

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Then he towed us to the shore and out to sea!

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Our first stop was at Anchorage Bay.

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We took a short hike over the hill.

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To the beautiful bay at Te Pukatea.

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Back onboard our skipper took us into a few gorgeous coves.

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These were only accessible due to high tides. Our timing was excellent!

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When the tide is a bit higher one can kayak through these arches.

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Lots of wildlife here – we saw young pup fur seals, a huge leopard seal, a blue penguin, plenty of fish and even a few gannets flying overhead.

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Can you believe this water?

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Our last stop ashore was at Awaroa for lunch. While we relaxed and hiked onshore, the wind and waves picked up a bit. Boarding the boat and the ride back to Marahau were a bit wild.

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Maori totem welcoming  guest to Awaroa.

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Responses

  1. Boy it doesn’t look like that tractor could get that boat full of folks out far enough for launch! How cool to see all that wildlife and amazing water. After lunch at Awaroa – glad your pilot got you safely back through wind and waves!

  2. My name “Abel” is so well represented in this beautiful NZ landscape. I want to go there. So many things to see; so little time. Fran “Abel”

  3. 💙


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