A walk in the Park

Abel Tasman National Park Travel Blog

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The day dawned bright - lots of blue sky and sunshine - a promising start to our walk. We were up early once again in order to pack up our stuff and be ready to catch the water taxi at 9am. The boat was waiting for us on the road - yes the road - where we had to board, we were then towed by a tractor across the beach to the water. Once on the sea we had a bit of a tour. First stop was to split apple rock - a big granite rock which had split down the middle. After 1/2 hour of cruising along the coast we were dropped on the beach at anchorage to begin our walk. There were about six other people on the beach - golden sands, blue sky, sparkling water - heaven!! We sat for a while just taking it all in. We eventually set off and headed into the forest that lined the coast. After a couple of hours of walking it became apparent we were in for a long days walk! We spent most of the day tramping through the forest and occasionally coming down to the beach. We ate expertly made ham and cream cheese sandwiches on the beach. It was hard going towards the end of the afternoon but we finally reached our "campsite" (Tonga Quarry) at about 5.30pm - 16km later. All day i had been looking forward to getting into the sea, so i did and it was bloody freezing - it certainly was a quick dip!! After this we chose our pitch right on the edge of the golden sands, we quickly put up the tent as we discovered that the dreaded sandfly was very apparent in this area!! We then had a gourmet meal inside the tent of tuna and sweetcorn sandwiches washed down with a fine drop of water. We had just decided to turn in for the night when the neighboring tent (Helen and Tony from Blenheim) invited us to join them for a cup of tea. After this we quickly got into our tent (to avoid sandfly infestation) after burrying our rubbish on the beach for the night after Helen had told us that savage man eating possums were likely to be around in the night!!! It's worth giving the toilet on the campsite a quick mention - it was certainly a unique experience - it turned out to be where all the sandflies, blue bottles and any other flying or crawling creature you could imagine lived - not nice!!
travelman727 says:
I HATE SANDFLIES! I love Belize, but don't stay at Caye Caulker. It was a very similar situation to yours. The locals kept telling me, "Come back again, the sandflies only appear every once in a while." I think they only come out on days that begin with the letter T: Tuesday, Thursday, Today, Tomorrow and Taturday and Tunday!
Posted on: Jul 09, 2006
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Abel Tasman National Park
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