Abel Tasman

 Abel Tasman was one of my New Zealand highlights. It blended together forest, sand and water to produce an all round spectacle scene. Perhaps taking 300 photos in the course of 6 hours was excessive but it was only because I fell in love with the place.


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Journey From Wellington – Our taxi left for the ferry at 6.45am and the next 12 hours was spent on buses, ferries and in food shops. Sadly on this day we did not see any of the New Zealands famed scenery. In many ways this was a terrible day but once we got to the south island we picked up loads of new passengers.  One of the new passengers only lived 20 minutes away from me, small world.

Food and Drink – Like Raglan,  there was no bars in walking distance so we had a another group dinner and took full advantage of the hostels BYO policy.

Accommodation – We stayed at Barn Backpackers, the rooms had 6 super comfy single beds in them.They only charged us $30 a night as well, bargain.

Hiking (Free)

I would definitely recommend the 23.6km hike to Anchorage (it is 11.8km each way), sadly  I had to turn back early as it was getting dark. As you stroll along the flat walking path you get to marvel at all the brilliant scenery. Plus when I was there in October the beaches were as good as empty. Although I did not test the water temperature out.

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Water Sports (Paid)

There are a number of water sports you can do including kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and sailing.  The sailing trip ended in Anchorage meaning the sailors got to do the whole walk but only had to do walk 11.8km.

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