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  • Day15

    Totaranui Camping Ground

    November 21, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    This site was recommended to us by the owner of the camp site in Panukiaki as this site is one that kiwis mostly use if they go camping.

    She neglected to mention the 80km of winding pass roads including 17km of that on gravel road to get there. Not the easiest drive by a long shot and took about 2 hours to drive this.

    It was well worth the drive, probably the most scenic of all the campsites we have been to, the beach was amazing and several walking tracks, including the final day of the Abel Tasman track. The beauty and natural surroundings reminds me off Tsitsikama in SA and I would recommend this campsite to anyone who's willing to do a cold shower, yes I forget to mention they have showers but only cold showers. We braved it, brrrrrrr....

    The sunset was just amazing on the beach as the ocean blue and orange beach combined beautifully with the pink sky

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  • Day142

    Abel Tasman Cruise

    February 4, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The morning was a little more relaxed today and the sun was still shining! Woop! We set off for Kaiteriteri at the northerly point of the Abel Tasman national park where we were due to catch a ferry. The road was another unsealed New Zealand special, winding up and down more hills and full of pot holes and ridges that made the journey once again a little unpleasant, the views this time were much nicer though!

    We arrived at the campsite and DOC office and walked out onto the beautiful golden sand beach to wait for our boat. It was a stunning beach and clearly very popular with visitors and trampers (walkers) alike with a camp that housed up to 1000 people. It would have been nice to do the whole coastal walk of five days but maybe we will save that for when I'm a bit fitter.

    We boarded our catermaran using a little bridge they folded out onto the shore and took a pew downstairs. The journey south to Anchorage took about an hour and we headed upstairs for the majority of it to enjoy the view even more. The coastline is considered one of the best and it is no surprise. So many golden bays, lush green mountains and gorgeous blue sea, dotted with rocks. We saw a stingray at one of the beaches we docked at and a couple more seals too on sections of rock.

    Anchorage was gorgeous, the bay curved right around the long beach and behind us was the forest waiting for us to explore. We chose a walk to Cleopatras pool which was a two hour return and should leave us time to enjoy the beach too. The walk was a bit steep in places, a lot more difficult than anything I have done in a while but the views made the effort worth it. Torrent bay was visible over sections of walk and as the tide was out the blue sea mixed with swirling ribbons of sand that came far inland. We really enjoyed the walk, the bush is gorgeous and full of the sounds of cicadas, which are honestly deafening at times and I cannot believe they can make such a noise! The pool was a pretty place, shallow waterfalls and a big pool that looked very inviting for a swim and made us wish we had time. I managed to fall in a bit whilst walking from rock to rock so my foot at least got a dip! Not embarrassing at all :-/

    We got back to the beach with some time to spare and set about changing to have a swim in the sea. I went first and stopped once the water hit my was freezing! Rob went next and decided to just run and jump, it was still cold, he never got used to it lol. Eventually we sat and sunned ourselves to dry off and then caught the boat back to camp, enjoying the coastline views again on the way.

    From here it was another drive along the gravel road and then to our next camp for the night at Richmond.

    Our final stop off for the day was to a cave which people online had advised was spectacular. The one downside was the steep climb that everyone mentioned, very very steep and very high. We went for it though and after walking along a dried up riverbed for a while we cane to the steep walkway up. It was steep from the off and it never let up. They weren't kidding when they said it was tough. We had to keep stopping for me to catch my breath (and consider just turning back) but I managed to plough on. It felt never ending as each corner revealed another section and then another and as we got higher it became more of a clamber at times than a walk.
    Eventually though the cave came into view and it really did make the jaw drop. I have never seen anything like it. Absolutely cavernous and the ceiling just filled with thousands of phytocarsts which hung like daggers. We walked along the lookout into the cave and you couldn't see the bottom at all, it was massive. We tried to capture it in photos, which turned out to be quite impossible, and then headed back down the horribly steep path to the car.

    We rewarded ourselves with a pizza Hut pizza, where we also noticed the odd attire of some old local ladies who were dressed nice but with purple caps on their head that made them look like they should be on a coach trip, before heading to bed exhausted.
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  • Day15

    Abel Tasman Coast Track: Day 4

    January 7, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Early wakeup to reach in time the low tide at Awaroa: that crossing was fun and the water super cold!!!
    In the afternoon we stayed at Totaranui camping: finally a shower, electricity, a small supermarket, wifi and more than 20 people around us!
    Last dinner and night of the track... a little bit sad, but dreaming of a normal bed!!!Read more

  • Day16

    Abel Tasman Coast Track: Day 5

    January 8, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    When we opened our eyes was still night (5 am). So we got the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise and we started our last walk at 7 am.
    Therefore we arrived at the bus shuttle stop with 2 hours in advance. During that time we enjoyed the company of a waka, a new zealand flightless bird.

    The coast track was an unbelievable experience.

    Now it is time to go back to the civilization and some real relax time!!!
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  • Day13

    Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

    November 9, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Abel Tasman NP definitely lived up to its reputation as amazingly beautiful. We took the Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle out to Medlands Beach and spent a couple of hours hiking and relaxing on the gorgeous beach. Best spot ever for a picnic...and we found a few friends along the way.

  • Day12

    Awaroa Bay, ABEL TASMAN NP

    November 12, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Über 12 km Gravel Road nach TOTARANUI, an die Spitze des ABEL TASMAN NP. Die Straße durch den Urwald, aber auch die Küste sind für uns Nordlichter immer wieder beeindruckend.
    Und das quietschen der Beifahrertür hat auch ein Ende! Dagmar hat das Schanier mit unserer Fußcreme ordentlich abgefettet!!

  • Day70

    Abel Tasman National Park - Costal Walk

    January 12 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Der zweite Stop ist im Abel Tasman National Park. Wir machen einen kleinen Costal Walk. Als wir durch den Wald zum Meer kommen ist der Weg weiter am Strand noch durch Wasser blockiert, da es noch Flut ist. Mutig ziehen wir unsere Schuhe aus und watscheln zwischen den Felsen durch, vorbei an der Strömung, an den nächsten Strand. Ein schöner langer Strand, dem wir bis zum Ende folgen, leider ist hier Schluss, wir sind zu früh dran denn hier ist das Wasser der Flut noch hüfthoch. Wir geniessen die Einsamkeit an diesem Strand, beobachten die verschiedenen Vögel und laufen dann gemütlich zurück. Als wir an die Stelle kommen, an welcher wir die Schuhe ausziehen mussten, war schon kein Wasser mehr. Das heisst die Ebbe hat angefangen. Wir entscheiden uns zurück trotzdem zum Camper zurück zu wandern und weiterzufahren. Nun kommt endlich auch die Sonne raus☀️😊.Read more

  • Day100

    NZ South - Abel Tasman Park Wassertaxi

    October 22, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Heute war wieder Wandern angesagt. Mit dem Wassertaxi fuhren wir zuerst an den Buchten des Parks vorbei und bekamen einen ersten Eindruck vom kleinsten Nationalpark Neuseelands. Nach einer 2,5 h Bootsfahrt (Route siehe Bild) wurden wir in der Bark Bay ausgesetzt.

    Als wir an Land gingen, glaubten wir unseren Augen kaum, wir sahen dass der Weihnachtsmann von unserem Wassertaxi abgeholt wurde! Tja auch sein Urlaub geht mal zu Ende! 😉Read more

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