Hiking and Camping the Abel Tasman Coast Track.
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Using Nelson as our base, we decided to test Simonâ€™s foot out by hiking the Abel Tasman track.
The track is 51km and takes between two and five days to complete. We decided to take it easy and camp for four nights. However most people are day hikers that make use of the numerous water taxi stops along the way. The track is one of the easiest of New Zealandâ€™s Great Walks and is very popular. The first couple of days we were forever passing day hikers, but at least we got the beautiful and remote campsites mostly all to ourselves. (A bargain at only ÂŁ4 per person, per night)! All the birds seemed extraordinarily curious, it was only the oyster-catchers that didnâ€™t make us feel welcome but that was probably because they were trying to nest.
Our only other companions on the beach were the seals, but they seemed far too busy relaxing and having fun to mind us. (Simon and I canâ€™t think when they find the time to eat)!On our walk there was plenty of lush green foliage to look at, isolated beaches to enjoy, Estuaries to cross(( where there where more shells than I have seen in my whole life). (Our ÂŁ4.99 aqua-shoes from Eastleigh were a God send here))!We did have a paddle in the sea, but only the seals and the brave school kids at the last campsite went for a swim. Despite all the sun, the sea was VERY COLD.
Simonâ€™s foot was a little achy, but otherwise o.k. I felt a little over dressed in all of my hiking whilst walking along the golden beaches, (perhaps a bikini would have been better). The weather was pretty good to. So in conclusion a good time was had by all, including Billy Blood Drop who *loves* hiking (See photos).