Abel Tasman 4 Day tramp
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(Pictures Coming as soon as I get a computer compatible :)
So I have travelled from the North Island and am officially in the south. Today I am spending the afternoon in Nelson, getting my clothes clean, catching up on email etc... so an update of my latest adventure seems appropriate.
Myself, and two American guys I picked up seperately along the way (Adam and Brad) decided it would be fun if the three of us did a 4 day, 40+ km hike through the whole of the Abel Tasman national park, so we did :). Day one was off to a great start, after catching a bus from Nelson to Marahau, the last villiage before the park entrance, we caught a water taxi to the northernmost trip.
Day Two; Left the hut early to beat the large familys (who in retrospect, were probably being water taxied out of the bay) and reached our first tidal crossing at 10:30 am.
Day Three: Most Beautiful day ever. Sun sun sun. And the most beautiful part of the whole tract. Including a really long indiana jones style swing bridge where Adam lost his lens cap. Both Brad and Adam provided theme music for our crossing and we took many, many silly photos. We took our time travelling this day, dropping our packs to travel down little side trails to see beach after beautiful golden sandy beach. Brad decided to trek it all the way to Marahau that night as opposed to staying in the anchorage hut(as he has limited time in NZ), so we wished him well and Adam and I continued on to the Anchorage hut. After dropping our packs we hiked up to cleopatras pool, this really spectacular granite pool with multiple little falls going into it, all surrounded by rainforest. Not to be missed. Something I could have done with out was the Japanes group that also stayed at the hut that night. They had a problem with doors. Both with leaving them open while we were trying to heat up the hut and with opening them while we were trying to sleep. One girl didnt have the strength to push open the bunk room door and kept flashing a light at the sleepers to get them to open it for her. Cold room vs warm sleeping bag = she got no help from us. Adam, the king of one liners said "Is is because their used to paper sliding doors that this is hard for them?". Later that night, we got to figure out who had some kind of serious sleep apnea or polyps in the nose. As an airplane took off beside us... we realized a human being was actually snoring so loud that the bunk was shaking. What was really fasinating is that his partner was also sleeping through this. There was a mass exodus from the room when I had had enough and grabbed my mat and dragged it into the kitchen. I turned around and a group of 6 other people from the room had done the same. Pretty funny.
Day 4:Pretty PrettyAn uneventful but really nice end to our trip, we enjoyed the flatest part of the track all the way down to marahau, where you walk through a bird sanctuary... I saw a banded dotteral :). Then we grabbed the bus back to nelson and had a big celebration dinner, where we aquired another american boy, having made more then 2 people could possibly eat. This American boy (Ryan) is a student in the outdoor school here in NZ finishing his training as a wilderness guide. So guess who I am tramping the Franz Joseph with? You betcha. At the end of June he and I are planning a road trip around the south island (he drives, yeah!) to get off the beaten path to all the really spectacular places. But for today, I am headed for Kaikoura YHA for the night so I can go on a sea-bird watching tour tomorow and get really close to albatrosses :).