Day 11 – Abel Tasman National Park

{A little delayed posting – it’s been a busy few days of travelling and limited wifi, but here’s is what we have been up to the last few days}

We woke up today ready to put those walking boots on for a good old hike (or tramp as I should call it here). We were camped in Motueka, a short drive to Kaiteriteri where we had booked our water taxi that would take us into the Abel Tasman National Park. The weather was perfect for walking. Clear blue skies, not too hot, but not too cold, we honestly couldn’t have asked for better weather. The journey started with a gentle cruise up the coast, with the skipper pointing out sights and beaches along the way. We were starting our walk at Medlands Beach, and walking down the coast to Apple Tree Bay, where we would be picked up by the water taxi and taken back to our car at Kaiteriteri.

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^^ On our way up we passed Split Apple Rock ^^ 

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^^ Waving goodbye to the boat. We were literally dropped off on a beach and left. Felt a little like ‘Shipwrecked’ ^^

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^^ Didn’t realise until afterwards that I had dirt on my forehead. Guess it makes me look more outdoorsy! Anyway pointing at our first stop ‘Torrent Bay, 6 km’ ^^

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^^ We love a swing bridge ^^

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^^ Can you spot the house? This property is the most expensive one within the National Park (I believe). With its own lagoon, helipad, tennis courts etc. You can just about see it nestled in to the trees, just right of the far lagoon ^^

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^^ Considering a swim? ^^

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^^ This is Torrent Bay, showing at low/mid tide where we could have walked across as a short cut ^^

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^^ More envious properties to nosey at. How amazing would it be to have a house right in the National Park ^^

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^^ Collecting shells ^^

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^^ We decided due to being ahead of schedule, to go inland and follow the high-tide track to ‘Cleopatra’s Pools’ rather than the shorter way across the beach ^^ 

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^^ I can see why in summer these pools become very popular for swimming ^^

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^^ I think our favourite view from the whole walk ^^

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^^ Toadstools ^^

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We made it to Apple Tree Bay with an hour to spare (we were over cautious so not to miss the last ferry), so had plenty of time to eat our lunch and play in the sand.

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^^ We made it to Apple Tree Bay ^^

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^^ Hooray we won’t miss the ferry and have to walk home ^^

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^^ Proof we stuck our toes in the sea off New Zealand ^^

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^^ It was cold ^^

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We would have loved to have walked more of the Abel Tasman, however with restricted time we were limited to only a short section. In total we walked about 18km taking us around 5 hours. The paths are all very well tracked out and well signposted so there is no chance of getting lost if you stick to the paths. There is limited facilities along the way, with long-drop toilets in the larger settlements and unfiltered taps, so I would recommend taking plenty of water and lunch with you if you plan on spending the day out walking. But all in all a great days walking, and an area that I would love to come back to in the future.

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