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Mar 6, 2017 - Abel Tasman National Park 3 day walk

This national park is up in the north east corner of the South Island and includes a chunk of coastline. It is serviced from Motueka where we spent the night having travelled up from Hanmer Springs. Wilson's travel company run 3 and 5 day treks ( +/- kayaking) using their 2 private lodges as bases. They are guided walks and the small luggage bags we were allowed were transported from place to place for us. Boats travel from the smaller town of Kaiteriteri up and down the coast and stop at various beaches along the way. They are catamarans...

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Dec 19, 2015 - Nelson Market/beach walk/sheep walk

Correction: last journal entry re: Texas vowels -- should have been short vowels not long vowels :) Today we had a great time at the Saturday market in Nelson. We have been reading or hearing about this market since we first arrived on the South Island. There are often 200+ vendors at the market (every Saturday) and today it was a happening place for sure as this was the last weekend before Christmas. I got two very unusual (and cute) things and I loved walking through the market - Seth had Maori fried bread with BLT, and Terry patiently...

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Dec 17, 2015 - Tanaka and Collingwood - Winding roads and tall mountain passes

We drove from Tasman to Collingwood and back today over a very winding and steep road with lots of sharp curves and high vistas. At times this main highway 60 had corner curve speeds of 10mph because the curves were so sharp. In NZ the roads tend to be very narrow and often no shoulders. In fact, some locals put little mirrors on their front bumpers so the driver can see how close to the line they are as they have to encounter cars coming from the other direction who also have limited space on the narrow roads. The drive was pretty but we...

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Dec 16, 2015 - Put Abel Tasman National Park on your 'bucket list'

If you have room on your 'bucket list' add the Abel Tasman National Park located in the top of the South Island hugging the Tasman Bay/Tasman Sea. One of New Zealand's Seven Great Walks is located in the park and numerous day walks are well defined. There are numerous options for kayaking and I think that might be a great way to do it after having done four hours of hiking up high ridges then going down to sea level then back up again! We took a water taxi that seats 12 people. It got us up close to fur seal colonies, coastal views, and a...

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Dec 15, 2015 - Skydiving and Cliff Golfing -what a day!

The day began with Seth doing his sky diving -- something he has wanted to do since he was a kid. Terry and I watched the process from a distance and took pictures from the start to finish. It was well done and didn't cause me heartburn about his safety. He enjoyed it a lot. We then went to the iSite (official location for tourism for New Zealand) and Terry and I made reservations to do a float and walk tomorrow in the Abel Tasman National Park. We were already headed in to the park to drop Seth off for his three day hike called the Abel...

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Dec 14, 2015 - Tasman/Motueka - Ruby Coast of Tasman Bay area

Yesterday (Sun 12/13) we drove from Blenheim to Picton then Picton to Tasman - 5 hour total driving. We arrived at our little studio around 3:30. If you are interested in seeing this lovely little studio apartment Google Tasmangreen Studio. It is just as nice in real life as the pictures were online. It is a single unit attached to a house on this very quiet country road. The owners are so nice and very ready to do anything to make our stay a nice one. It is quiet at night, and about 300 meters to the Great Tasman Taste Trail (bikes and...

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Dec 6, 2015 - Abel Tasmin hike

Our apologies for the silence. Ever since Dec 6th we have either been exhausted after a long day - or without wifi. On this date, we were picked up bright and early and transported via bus to the Abel Tasmin National Park. Then - onto the boat for our journey up along the coast and to our drop off point. Yes - they essentially dropped us off and said "walk back". Actually we had signed up for this adventure. Soon after the drop off, we began hiking along the ridges of rain forest that meets the Tasmin Sea - which included some very steep...

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Dec 6, 2015 - Marahau & Abel Tasman

Marahau was the end of the paved road and the start/end, depending on direction of travel, of the hiking track in Abel Tasman National Park. The common process is to take a water taxi to your desired starting point and hike back to Marahau; you can go as far away as a five day hike back. We chose a full day hike distance, and so take the taxi to Bark Bay. The taxi departure was interesting in that it was low tide, and the water is too shallow for the boat till about 250 yards from the shore. So what to do ? All aboard the boat & leave the...

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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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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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