Abel Tasman tramping
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So off we went on our first NZ tramp - 5 days along the coastal track of the gorgeous Abel Tasman. The first 2 days were beautiful, sunny and clear. The track took us through rainforest and then alongside the stunning coastline. White sandy beaches with clear turquoise waters surrounded by deep green jungle type stuff. Very Costa Rica.
The second night it started to rain and didn't stop all night. At 2am we were awoken by a few squeaks and some shuffling of our food bag, and found a mouse helping himself to our cereal bars. The little blighter kept coming back for more so we didn't get a lot of sleep worrying about our all-important food supply. In the morning we woke to the rain continuing to throw itself down and then realised that our tent had turned into a swimming pool. Needless to say we should have checked the tent before leaving nelson for holes. After swimming out of the tent, the park warden told us that the rain was not going to stop for a few days. Wet, cold and pissed off, we decided to head home and got the next water taxi outta there. It took 2 days to get our roll mats, sleeping bags and clothes dry. Now, where is that hole in the tent.......
We are heading back to Abel tasman in november to try again, as it was so beautiful that we want to go back and see more of it. Have ordered 2 kayaks for the mission for the return trip!