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Tuesday 07 February, 2017

A Perfect Day in the Abel Tasman National Park

Two scenic boat cruises and a hiking trail with pristine scenery make for a perfect day in the Abel Tasman National Park.

This has got to be one of New Zealand’s top spots but is remarkably uncrowded, especially during the autumn/winter/spring period. The Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park, located at the northern tip of the South Island.  It’s big on stunning scenery which includes golden sand beaches and coves, tranquil lagoons and pristine islands.
One of the best ways to experience the Park is to take a boat or water taxi from Kaiteriteri to a secluded beach, walk for, say, 4 hours along the Abel Tasman Track, then catch a boat back to Kaiteriteri. A particularly popular option is with Wilsons Abel Tasman who offer their “Swing Bridge Bush and Beach” cruise and walk combo. The cruise leaves Kaiteriteri beach at 10.30am for Bark Bay, via Split Apple Rock for a photo opportunity.

Split Apple Rock (Medium)

Disembark at Medlands Beach and from there it’s a 4 hour walk via Torrent Bay to Anchorage. Distance wise it’s 9.5km or 6 miles.  The estimated walking time is quite reasonable for average fitness and allows for ample photo stops along the way.

Wilsons Vista 11 (Medium)
Part of the track takes you over the Falls River swing bridge and around the beautiful Torrent Bay inlet where postcard perfect photos are assured! There is a short side track to Cleopatra’s Pool which is just 10 minutes each way off the main track and definitely worth the extra footsteps. We included Cleopatra’s Pool and still arrived at Anchorage 45 minutes before the pick up time of 5.20pm which gave us a chance to soak in the gorgeous scenery at Anchorage.

Anchorage 1 (Medium)

The Wilson’s boat got us back to Kaiteriteri at 6.00pm – just in time for a well deserved cold beverage!
Take a small day pack, water, sunblock, sun hat, packed lunch, insect repellent (just in case), rainproof jacket (just in case)…
Ideally to do this trip you need to stay 2 nights at either Motueka or Kaiteriteri. Make the time, particularly in autumn/winter/spring when the weather is a little cooler and conducive to hiking. It’s an exquisite coastline and worth every step!

Torrent Bay (Medium)

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What our clients say
We had a wonderful trip. We thank you so much for all of your planning. The distances to travel were all very reasonable and enjoyable. We had wonderful weather with our only rain a slight drizzle the 1st afternoon in Christchurch and also a bit of drizzle in Rotorua. Nothing either place that slowed us down or diminished our planned hikes or activities. We are giving you all of the credit for arranging the beautiful weather in Milford Sound, Franz Josef, and Mt Cook Village. We know the weather in those locations can be very rainy and we had such beautiful days. Very fortunate! All of the accommodations and folks that we dealt with were so nice. Very good choices for accommodations. The rental car was excellent and the GPS was invaluable.
New Zealand is such a beautiful country with such a diverse landscape. The hike in Abel Tazman was a highlight for me. Very beautiful. Also the time at Lake Manapouri and Te Anau both were so nice. The Queenstown time was wonderful with a beautiful drive up to Paradise along the lake as well as a wonderful meal and time atop the gondola. And of course Keiteriteri with its hikes and boat shuttle were so special. Your recommended stops at Pancake rocks and the Moreaki boulders were very interesting. The time in Rotorua was a special surprise with the village tour and meal a real highlight for us.
Thank you again for a wonderful trip and experience in your beautiful country. We hope to come back so if you ever want to e-mail us NZ travel information feel free to do so.
E & C, P & P, USA - Feb 2017
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