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Mar 24, 2017 - Abel Tasman park and Golden Bay

Slow start this morning. Drove to Abel Tasman National Park and joined a Sea Kayak tour for the afternoon; saw "split Apple rock" and just enjoyed being out on the water. Drove about 1.5 hrs on another very curvy road over a mountain to get to Takaka on Golden Bay, the north-eastern portion of the South Island

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Jan 22, 2014 - Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman Next morning was dull with a heavy cloud cover, no rain, just grey. We drove back into Nelson and followed the Arts Trail on foot through the town. During this tour we came upon South Street, a well preserved 19th century street with most of the original houses, all in very good condition; very pretty but perhaps a little chocolate boxy. On to the library for a quick mail check and then we headed north. We drove up the 'pretty route' through Upper and Lower Moutere rather than the main highway. We passed many orchards, hop...

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Nov 1, 2011 - Dealing with rain

Tuesday, Nov 1st I struggled to sleep in the car as the darkness approached, the temperature dropped, and the cozy interior of the car. Not to mention I didn't have a proper sleeping bag. So I had a sweatshirt and a jacket for a blanket. Needless to say I made it through the night with about three hours of haphazard sleep. So as soon as day broke, I finished the rest of the journey to Takaka (only an hour away). Why travel to Takaka? Only in search for some more climbing! The Hangdog as the campground was called was the local assembly point...

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Oct 28, 2011 - Wahariki Beach

Nach der schönen Hochzeit haben wir es heute ein wenig ruhiger angehen lassen: Ein Ausflug an den wohl schönsten Strand in Neuseeland, den Wahariki Beach, stand auf dem Programm. Das Wetter war mässig, trotzdem gab es tolle Fotogelegenheiten für mich (Patrick). Liebe Grüsse aus Neuseeland Patrick und Brigitte Today we made a trip to the most beautiful beach in New Zealand, the Wahariki Beach. Best regards from New Zealand Patrick and Brigitte

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New Zealand 2011

Apr 26, 2011 - NZ Day 24, Cave and scenery

Woke up to a chili morning. One of the great things about finding your campsite at night is the beauty you get to wake up to in the mornings. We tented next to a small river in the middle of a small set of mountains. Only one other set of campers there with us. Unfortunately, it was another rainy night so all our gear is wet again so we loaded it all up in black garbage bags and began our drive to NW New Zealand. On our way we were greeted by much more wildlife including cows, horses, sheep, emu, donkeys, etc. Beautiful scenery around every...

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Oct 3, 2008 - Kaiteriteri - Pohara Beach

Depart Kaiteriteri: 1835 km (10.15) I didn't sleep very well last night – too hot I think. Nick got up when the alarm went off at 07.30, but I stole an extra few minutes in bed. He had to wash up anyway, because we were too tired to do it last night and that meant we didn't have any cups for tea. After breakfast and our jobs we set off back to the main road (highway 60) and then north to Takaka. We stopped along the way at a place called Hawkes Lookout to view the Tasman Bay and it was a fantastic lookout, you could see for miles, all...

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Mar 23, 2008 - Nelson to Takaka, Golden Bay, Farewell Spit and Kaiteriteri

From Picton we headed west to Nelson for a brief stopover at what became our only dire hostel experience of the whole New Zealand trip. Having given each other high-fives at just about every turn we took, this was a definite non-event...read this as you will, but Claire ended up asking the group of fellow hostellers gathered outside our room if they wouldn't mind possibly turning down the music just a notch...we didn't even stay for a cuppa the following morning, given the kitchen looked like it hosted a mass of seething bacteria amongst...

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Mar 20, 2008 - Takaka to Pakawau, (and Cape Farewell) South Island 01 to 02 March 2008

Jeff Although I have not been impressed by the weather forecasters in New Zealand, the promise of constant rain today was a true one, so we drove 23 miles to a camp site by the beach at Pakawau, 6 miles north of Collingwood, and booked in for three nights. This site has electric power and we can work on the computer today; it is also convenient as a base to explore the northern most part of the South Island. Sunday proved to be a very windy day and this kept much of the rain away. We drove to the Tourist Centre at Farewell Spit and left the...

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Mar 12, 2007 - New Zealand - Pohara

We awoke to overcast skies and soggy grounds due to the overnight rain and were relieved we had managed to beat the weather for our glacier trip the day before. Today we decided to head for Westport passing Hokitika and Greymouth both old gold mining towns and stopped at Punakaiki, a small settlement on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. Here we saw the Pancake Rocks, formed due to a layering-weather process the dolomite point limestone has formed into what looks like piles of thin pancakes, very pretty and different but also...

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Apr 19, 2006 - Nelson - Takaka, Abel Tasman National Park

Loaded the Nissan Sunny and went to meet Katie and Jette. Colin was designated driver (being the only one over 25!). Got on the road heading north. First stop was at the start of the National Park, at a small town called Kaiteriteri which has a fantastic beach (mean't to be one of the top 6 beaches in the world). The guys decided to sprint into the sea for a swim but didn't last long as it was cold. Jumped back in the cars and carried on into the National Park, stopping at times to take in some of the amazing views. Passed through the...

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Apr 10, 2006 - The Abel Tasman National Park

We drove early onto Moteuka and the Abel Tasman National Park. We arranged our water taxi tickets from Marahau over to the gorgeous Torrent bay. The 20 mins journey stops briefly at the apple rock and drops you off in the sea!!! Funny they forget to tell you that when you pay for it:) We then started the scenic 5 hour walk back along the coastline, as it was low tide we waded across the muddy ocean floor to Anchorage bay complete with fab sea caves and a mad couple. The walk was luckily easy compared to some we've done and we made good...

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Mar 23, 2006 - Abel Tasman National Park

This is the National Park which everyone goes on about-the most visited of the National Parks in NZ and yet the smallest. We booked up for a one day kayak and trekking tour along part of its coast, for which, fortunately the weather was on our side and so was a great day.

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