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  • Day76

    Abel Tasman National Park

    December 6 in New Zealand

    Heute haben wir eine Tageswanderung im Abel Tasman Nationalpark gemacht. Wir sind morgens mit einem Wassertaxi in die Torrent Bay gefahren und von dort aus zurück gewandert. Der Weg führt die ganze Zeit durch Regenwald an der Küste lang und man hat immer wieder Ausblick auf tolle goldene Strände, zu denen man auch runtergehen kann. Immer wieder sind wir auch an kleineren Wasserfällen vorbeigekommen. Das war super schön!
    Insgesamt sind wir 20km gewandert - auf den letzten Kilometern hätten wir gerne ein Wassertaxi gehabt, das uns wieder abholt 😄
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  • Day27

    Abel Tasman National Park

    February 27 in New Zealand

    Um kurz vor 10 Uhr legte unser Schiff 🚤, direkt am Strand vor dem Campingplatz, in Richtung Abel Tasman Nationalpark ab. Heute stand eine Wanderung von Meddys Beach nach Anchorage an. Nach einer etwas mehr als halbstündigen Fahrt kammen wir am Meddys Beach an. Zunächst ging es durch dichten Urwald etwas leicht Berg auf und ab. Über mehrere Brücken und an einigen Aussichtspunkten vorbei, bis wir schließlich an der Torrent Bay angelangt sind. Der Weg führt hier direkt ca. 2 km durch die bei Ebbe fast leere Bucht. Barfuß ging es durch den Matsch, welcher mit unzähligen Muscheln gespickte war 😣 und einige Wasserläufe. Anschließend folgte noch ei. kurzer Abschnitt durch den Urwald und wir waren am Strand von Anchorage angekommen. Da wir etwas zu früh dran waren, bis un das Boot abholt, gingen wir noch den Pitt Head Loop (1h Rundweg).
    Gegen 16 Uhr kam die Flut, so dass unser Boot nicht ganz so nah an den Strand fahren konnte. Alle Passagiere mussten ihre Schuhe ausziehen, um durchs Wasser auf den Steg und somit an Board zu gelangen 🤣.
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  • Day70

    Day 70: Abel Tasman Hide Bike & Hike

    September 28, 2016 in New Zealand

    First morning on the South Island, finally some blue sky here and there let's make use of this. Well... our selfcontained campervan family already beat us to the clock which has been set an hour forward the day before yesterday if I am correct. When we were ready to go 7 of the 10 were already on the road. We took our time but figured that starting early would maybe not end up in returning in darkness 😅. We headed for the Abel Tasman beach track, were we found out that the track was a walk but the remark below it was: "Bikes are ... permitted" with a symbol of a biker with a red circle around it and a white diagonal stripe through it. On the ... was "not" also deliberately removed / faded with white marker. The Camper mate in the Tom Tom also said "good place for biking" so we got our bikes and started the journey to the island route. We biked past 1 little bike sign which wasn't adjusted but since there was no other track around we continued for 5,0 km. That was the moment that we tought this isn't right, we were the only bikers and 3 hikers had made remarks on us biking there. 2 were uncertain about it and the third said that if we would come across a ranger he would take our bikes. So I searched for a good spot to hide the bikes because I wasn't feeling for driving back and walk up again. I found the perfect spot, and with my stealth skill set I hid the bikes perfectly behind a fallen dead tree and some dead ferns. Nobody could see it from the track and it was only 4meters away from it. I locked the bikes and left my helm, we continued on foot from that moment on and were happily relieved by the idea that we fitted in again 😆. We walked to some beaches and also did some tracks you couldn't do with the bike anyway. We also did some "wadlopen" and while walking over what soon will be covered by sea again we searched for less deep crossings to stay dry. It was not possible 😐 so we just took off our shoes. When we reached the last beach called Torrent Beach it was time to turn back. We walked 10k to this spot and figured we must cross the streams again to be back before dark. We did get wet feet and I dropped my phone in the stream as well😑 the splash made me aware and luckily it's waterproof 😎. Tide was coming in so the streams were way deeper when we went back. We had to make haste and walked a steady pace back to the bikes. We apparently were the only ones who could find the bikes and when we did the sun was already behind the mountains. We had to hurry but thankfully we only passed 3 hikers total who didn't judge our books by it's cover. We didn't know any better 😇 and wouldn't do it again 😉, it was an adventure to do things differently than everybody else, so it was an exciting and beautifull day 😆 When we were back home, we moved the home, we wanted our home on higher ground. Hawks lookout to be precise, our home fitted in perfectly next to some other homes. It was a nice and curvy road to it as well, probably with nice views the next morning and more near to beautifull sites which we knew nothing about and still had to look up what precisely was to see and do here. But first pancakes, yeah I looked forward to that for days haha😆.Read more

  • Day127

    Das erste Mal komplett nass

    February 2, 2017 in New Zealand

    Mit dem Wassertaxi liessen wir uns zur Torrent Bay bringen. Das ist die einzige Möglichkeit die diversen Strände im Nationalpark zu erreichen, es gibt keine Strassen. Von der Torrent Bay wollten wir ca. 6h zurück zum Campingplatz zurück wandern.
    Anfänglich spielte das Wetter mit und wir waren guten Mutes, dass der Wetterbericht stimmt. Leider tat er das nicht. Denn schon bald fing es an zu regnen und hörte nicht wieder auf. Die schöne Uferwanderung durch den Nationalpark wurde so zum schnellen und nassen Marsch. Nach "nur" 4h waren wir zurück, aber dafür total durchnässt und das trotz guter Regenjacken. Das Positive daran: Der Regen hörte tatsächlich abends um 20 Uhr wieder auf.

    Dazu muss man jedoch noch sagen, dass wir zum ersten Mal, in den 4 Monaten welche wir nun unterwegs sind, die Regenjacken brauchten und so richtig nass wurden.
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  • Day25

    Abel Tasman Trek 1/3

    December 24, 2016 in New Zealand

    Insgesamt legten wir die 50 km des Abel Tasman Treks in 3 Tagen und 2 Nächten zurück. Bei dieser Wanderung handelt es sich um einen der New Zealand Great Walks und er wird als der einfachste Walk gehandelt, da es sich um einen sehr gut ausgebauten und mit wenig Höhenmetern versehenen Küstenwanderweg handelt. Eine Genusswanderung also. Für uns wurde sie zur Herausforderung...
    Mit Rucksack und Zelt bepackt, ließen wir uns am Morgen vom Wassertaxi zum Ausgangspunkt Totaranui absetzen. Es war zwar bewölkt aber noch trocken. Dies sollte sich im Laufe des Tages ändern... Die Wanderung begann gemütlich an der Küste entlang mit kleinen niedliche Anstiegen. Schon bald fing es zärtlich an zu tröpfeln. Aus dem Tröpfeln wurde Schauer, aus dem Schauer wurde Regen, harter mieser Regen. Extraschön wurde es, als wir mit Verspätung am großen Wattstrand Awaroa Bay ankamen. Diese mehrere Kilometer breite Bucht ist nur bei Ebbe zu überqueren und ist somit bei Flut unpassierbar. Die Flut hatte schon deutlich eingesetzt. Wir wagten dennoch die Überquerung und mussten uns dem hüfttiefen Wasser bei gleichzeitigem Regen stellen. Gut, dass wir Mädels in weiser Voraussicht aus unseren Hosen schlüpften. Nicht so gut, dass davon jetzt ein GoPro Video existiert. Die Überquerung war dann recht krass, da wir mit der Zeit und dem einströmenden Wasser kämpften. Das Wasser kam schon an meinen Rucksack mit meinen Schlafsack ran, yes.
    Irgendwie haben wir es dann doch in letzter Minute auf die andere Seite geschafft und suchten Zuflucht und Wärme in der Hütte. Die Leute dort staunten nicht schlecht, als wir Mädels hosenlos und klatschnass hereinkamen.
    Wie verbrachten mehrere Stunden in der Hütte und hofften, dass der Regen bald nachließe. Tat er aber irgendwie nicht so richtig, also ging es irgendwann weiter. Wir marschierten weitere Stunden durch den strömenden Regen bis zum Zeltlager Tonga Quary.
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  • Day14

    Ausgesetzt in der Wildnis Part 1

    February 12, 2017 in New Zealand

    Da der Tag so lang war und es so viele Bilder gibt die in diesen Blogeintrag gehören, hab ich ihn aufgeteilt.

    Meine erste Station war Kaiteriteri um mit dem Wassertaxi über verschiedene Buchten, wir haben Seerobben gesehen, nach Onetahuti zu fahren. Im Taxi hab ich dann zwei deutsche Mädchen getroffen, die nur die Hälfte und in entgegengesetzte Richtung laufen.
    Dann wurde ich in einer kleinen Bucht ausgesetzt und die Wanderung begann. Ich fühlte mich ein Bisschen wie der Typ aus Papas Serie nur ohne Kamera-Team und mit zwei Broten und Riegeln versorgt.
    Anfangs dachte ich noch, dass das Ganze relativ easy wird, was sich aber sehr schnell als Irrtum herausstellte. Die Berge waren nicht einfach Berge, denn oft hatten sie gefühlt eine 90 Grad Steigung und durch die hohe Luftfeuchtigkeit kamen mir die 22 Grad wie 40 vor.
    Der Track ging von der Küste über Brücken und Felsen bis hin zu Dschungel und kleinen Wegen.
    Nach circa 1,5 h (6.1 km) kam ich in der Bark Bay an, wo ich dann die zwei Mädchen vom Taxi wieder traf.
    Danach ging es weiter bis zur Torrent Bay. Dort legte ich dann endlich eine wohlverdiente Pause ein um meine zwei Toastbrote mit Philadelphia und zwei Müsliriegel zu essen.
    Torrent Bay war richtig schön und der Strand war voll
    mit Muscheln. Nur leider kann man das gar nicht wirklich genießen wenn man weiß, dass man noch eine Strecke vor sich hat.
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  • Day263

    Abel Tasman

    February 15 in New Zealand

    Our second 'great walk', but this time with a twist! We set out in kayaks from Marahau and spent the morning paddling around Adele Island and towards Te Pukatea bay which is pretty much paradise (I realise this isn't the first time I've said that about New Zealand!). We had spent a lot of time the night before preparing some lovely cooked lunches - Adele Island was where we realised we'd forgotten them and were going to be hungry for the next few days! But we battled on and a short paddle around the head and we made it to our first campsite at Torrent Bay. The tide was about as far out as you can get, so we left the boats stranded on a sand dune and paddled them over to the campsite once the tide came in. The next day was a bit of a tougher paddle to Tonga Island and we battled the wind to get back into Onetahuti. After a swim chasing fishes around, Andy and I walked off to the cafe at Awaroa lodge for much needed food while Eleanor took one for the team and stayed to load the kayaks onto the taxi. From there, a sloggish walk over the estuary and we made it to Waiharakeke bay. We couldn't quite believe how many people there were and we had to squash our tents in somewhat, but the flushing toilet more than made up for it :) The next day was a short walk to Totaranui - great for Maddie as Andy and Eleanor carried all the bags as a birthday treat! The swim at the beautiful beach at Totaranui was one of the best we've ever had! We were all shattered as we loaded onto the boat back - and were slightly disconcerted by how quickly the speed boat covered the distance we'd taken 3 days to do!Read more

  • Day1

    Abel Tasman

    March 5 in New Zealand

    After a day at work we got home on Friday afternoon via Aldi for some last minute snacks to take away with us. Packed our bags realising we have plenty of room for extras. But also knowing we have to transport our luggage on and off a water taxi.
    At airport by Uber just after 9pm, through the necessary security and immigration which is now really fast, probably because we know it well. Off to the club for a couple of wines and a bite then on the plane 5 mins after boarding time. Flight attendants were calling us. We were far from late. They were just very efficient. Plane wasn't full so an easy boarding.
    Flight was quick as usual. Smooth and super efficient at Christchurch airport. A quick walk to check-in for our Nelson flight then off again into the skies just on daybreak for another hour.
    Greg arrived at the airport so a cuppa with him, Shelby and the kids before the next drive to Kaiteriteri via breakfast and a few supermarket essentials. Met Nick and Shona and dropped our combined luggage on the Kaiteriteri beach ready for the chartered water taxi.
    After loading all our luggage including Nicks Laser yacht we were off for the 40min cruise to Torrent Bay. Lucky that it was a super high tide as the taxi berthed at the jetty in the lagoon so only a 50 metre walk to the holiday house. One hour later the food is packed away, the wine cellar is full, and the fridge is struggling to cool the kilos of goods.
    Julie and I by this time are a little exhausted from lack of sleep so a small power nap helped on by a few wines to celebrate the 4 of us being back together in our secret paradise.
    Fish and steak dinner and a few more wines thanks to the aussie and kiwi vintners we finally collapsed into bed by 10pm after not having seen a bed sice 6.30am the previous day.
    Woke up after a long sleep to a poor weather forecast. How wrong it was. Beach walk mandatory, eggs for breakfast then some reading, chatting to locals. Not many locals- a few Weka, fantails, and sparrows. Last night there was even a hawk that divebombed the sparrows just missing Regan. Was incredibly fast action. We watched a skate gliding smoothly in the shallows looking for a snack. We even tried the paddle board in the lagoon. Practice required on that one. A swim was included in the training.The sun is fierce in the bay. Such a sheltered area not affected by southerly winds.
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  • Day4

    Torrent Bay

    March 8 in New Zealand

    Yet another 2 days of perfect weather. Warm but not hot. The obligatory morning walk along the beach before breakfast and before the water taxis bring in the tourists for their day trips. Quite a few books are being consumed by the 4 of us. The library has over 40 books to choose from and lots of magazines. That was one of the heavier boxes brought in on Saturday. Food and drink has been high class. A mix of Australian and Kiwi wines are tasted each day to mix with the lovely food.
    A few walks can be had from our base. There's a 3km stroll around the lagoon to Cleopatras pool. This is a favourite for the hikers. The pool boasts a natural rock water slide. The fresh water is very chilly but the the trampers love it. The sandflies also enjoy the additional bare skin for a feast. Another walk north along the Abel Tasman track to the Frenchmans Bay view. It's a great view down to the private bay with just one very impressive holiday home. There is a hidden track down to the bay but the owners use a boat for access. We kayaked into the bay a few years back for a closer look. Lotto winnings discussion continues to this day!
    We had another tryout with the paddle board. We both started on our knees and slowly progressed to standing. Regan is now up and paddling but still far from relaxed. Julie is close to being upright. We have a few more days left to master it. Nick managed a sail on the lagoon with the Laser. Just light winds but still a good speed.
    Phone and internet access is sparse. SMS and broadband can be found at one place on the beach but it's incredibly slow and sporadic. This is one part of our week away that we don't miss.
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  • Day16

    Abel Tasman Day Trip

    April 13, 2016 in New Zealand

    Back to early mornings here! Caught the 715 bus out of town for the Bay Hopper hike at Abel Tasman. By nine the bus arrived at Kaiteriteri and about twenty minutes later the water taxi departed the shores 😊 After about 45 minutes on the water taxi I arrived at my drop off point and began my hike.

    In the first hour I found a nice lookout point and a beautiful beach named sand fly beach (the name doesn't do it justice). There was a middle aged lady swimming topless but she certainly didn't care. She looked like she was having the time of her life. I quite admired her spirit actually!

    Later I found torrent bay and decided to have my picnic lunch here. There were maybe 5 other people at the beach and it was incredibly calm. My trek continued around 1pm. I had a lot of time to myself today but it was nice. I've began to change my mindset in such a way that I don't spend so much time letting my mind wander through the past or into the future. I just keep it focused on the moment and it's been quite a revalation for me!

    I finished the hike with almost an hour until the water taxi came to get me so I spent the last hour in anchorage bay I watched a family go for a swim together. At one point the little girl (maybe 10 years old) yells "it's very cold on my vagina!" I laughed so hard.

    By about 340 the water taxi came and picked me up and off I went. It was a beautiful day but as the sun began to set behind the mountains it quickly cooled off and everyone bundled up. I caught the bus and by six I was home again.

    I realized today I've officially made this an internal rule of mine. Whenever I ask for help (particularly in a hostel, but I'm working on expanding that to my life in general), I then ask the person for their name. Once they give it to me I thank them by name. I think it makes the gesture more heartfelt and personal 😊

    After I got back to the hostel I mainly just relaxed. I made supper and had a shower. Then I kind of figured out my plan for the rest of my time in New Zealand and booked a few key hostels. Other than that I enjoyed the free cake again, even took two pieces! I didn't stick around for social time today because I wasn't feeling up to it. Just lazy and tired. Tomorrow im up at 6am again! Off to Franz Joseph glacier! Nighty night folks!

    -Terrence out
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