Hiking and Camping the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Abel Tasman National Park Travel Blog

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A nice view to wake up to, plus a great spot for some porridge. (I like this photo, Simon doesn't).

Using Nelson as our base, we decided to test Simon’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 Zealand’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 £4 per person, per night)! All the birds seemed extraordinarily curious, it was only the oyster-catchers that didn’t make us feel welcome but that was probably because they were trying to nest.

People were kayaking on here a couple of hours ago.

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 can’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 £4.99 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.

Simon’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).

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A nice view to wake up to, plus a …
A nice view to wake up to, plus a…
People were kayaking on here a cou…
People were kayaking on here a co…
Billy blends in.
Billy blends in.
Caz wants to take it home...
Caz wants to take it home...
Im not scared anymore.
I'm not scared anymore.
Tranquil, and
Tranquil, and
idyllic scenery.
idyllic scenery.
There is a gert big seal behind us.
There is a gert big seal behind us.
With no telly we had to make our o…
With no telly we had to make our …
Lovely apart from the *pesky* sand…
Lovely apart from the *pesky* san…
Half-baked Caz, why do we always c…
Half-baked Caz, why do we always …
Alone at sunrise, the first mornin…
Alone at sunrise, the first morni…
This is the only oyster-catcher we…
This is the only oyster-catcher w…
Its easier to cross when the tide…
It's easier to cross when the tid…
Ive never noticed that seals are …
I've never noticed that seals are…
This is a wild seal in the sea.
(…
This is a wild seal in the sea. …
They might look cute, but a second…
They might look cute, but a secon…
I thought this one was a rock.
I thought this one was a rock.
Billy is always the centre of atte…
Billy is always the centre of att…
Lovely n lush vegetation.
Lovely 'n' lush vegetation.
Mutton cove, the next campsite. On…
Mutton cove, the next campsite. O…
Mutton cove from the other side.
Mutton cove from the other side.
Billy takes it easy.
Billy takes it easy.
The end at last.
The end at last.
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photo by: Koralifix