Abel Tasman Park

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Arriving at our kayaking beach by water taxi in Able Tasman Park.
We attempted to book a hostel in Nelson, supposedly one of the nicest cities in NZ, however, it seemed to be almost entirely full so we gave up!  We did make it there for lunch and it seemed like a nice place. 
Instead, we went further towards Abel Tasman Park - the town of Motueka.
 
Abel Tasman Park was named after the first "Pakeha" (the Maori term for white man) to "find" New Zealand.  Tasman and his crew didn't actually even set foot on the place.  A Maori village saw the boat in the mist with it's lights and sent-out a canoe - which are pretty huge as we saw in Waitangi.
Abel Tasman Park
  Tasman had already fired cannons when he saw the Maori Village and the canoe collided with a tender boat from Tasman's ship, drowing the 4 crew in it, so Tasman called the area "Murderers Bay" and sailed-off to discover somewhere else - which became Tasmania.  
The tale has a "happy ending" though and the Pakeha got the last laugh - by introducing guns and and bribing the Northern Maori with other European comforts, they slaughtered the Southern Island Maori and introduced "civilisation" to the area(!).  This was the first real insight into the bloody history that was brought to the Maori when the Europeans settled here.
Murderers Bay later became known as "Golden Bay", which is far more tourist friendly!
 
History lesson over!   We went sea kayaking, although unfortunately the sea was too rough to go over to Tonga Island to see the seals.
Tonga Island, Abel Tasman Park.
  We made it safely aroundt the coast (a little bit soaked to the sklin, but at least it was warm there!) to the track and walked about 3 hours along the coast back to meet our water taxi, which is the most convenient way to travel along the coast of Abel Tazman Park.
 
The next day, we took another water taxi to the place that we reached on the track the day before and walked the rest of the track back to Mohuena, the gateway to the southern part of the track.  We visited the beautiful "Split Apple Rock" (look at the picture, it needs no futher explanation) and then made it up to Ancorage, a lovely sheltered beach with beautiful golden sand and crystal clear water.  It was perfect for swimming in.
We walked the track in merciful shade (because the sun was beating down) and saw some of the most wonderful beaches with hardly anyone on them.  It could just as easily have been the Caribbean.
 
After a couple of days in the Park, we made our way a little bit further north and up to the wackiest place we have visited so far - Takaka.
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Arriving at our kayaking beach by …
Arriving at our kayaking beach by…
Abel Tasman Park
Abel Tasman Park
Tonga Island, Abel Tasman Park.
Tonga Island, Abel Tasman Park.
Our Kayaks in ATP
Our Kayaks in ATP
The beach where we landed our kaya…
The beach where we landed our kay…
View from the track to Torrent Bay…
View from the track to Torrent Ba…
Erica negotiating the swing-bridge!
Erica negotiating the swing-bridge!
ATP
ATP
ATP with Malborough Sound in the d…
ATP with Malborough Sound in the …
View of Torrent Bay
View of Torrent Bay
Abel Tasman Walk on Day 2
Abel Tasman Walk on Day 2
View of Torrent Bay
View of Torrent Bay
Torrent Bay and waiting for the wa…
Torrent Bay and waiting for the w…
Spilt Apple Rock.  It does exactly…
Spilt Apple Rock. It does exactl…
Ancorage
Ancorage
Hello from Jeremy at Ancorage!
Hello from Jeremy at Ancorage!
Abel Tasman walk on Day 2
Abel Tasman walk on Day 2
Abel Tasman walk on Day 2
Abel Tasman walk on Day 2
Abel Tasman walk on Day 2
Abel Tasman walk on Day 2
Abel Tasman walk on Day 2
Abel Tasman walk on Day 2
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photo by: glennisnz