After the Marlborough area, we moved west to the famous Abel Tasman national park. It is famous for its beautiful coastline, great weather, great hikes and kayaking. It is indeed one of the first areas of New Zealand that really developed kayaking as a way to explore its beauty.
We started our visit of the area by going to a place beyond the park, very much like the end of the New Zealand world, called Farewell Spit. It is this remote and beautiful coast that mixes big empty beaches with an air of apocalypse, with sheer cliffs straight down to the ocean.
Through a couple pretty short hikes we first went to fossil point and its deserted beach.
We then went to the fantastic Cape Farewell where we got to solve another challenge. The area feels so remote that it enhances the beauty of the landscape. The only element out of place are the few cows hanging out nearby.
|What he said|
|A lone tree|
|Finally getting to the far side of the beach|
|We surprisingly didn't find any pyramid there|
|As you can see, it was pretty crowded|
The place really stood out for us compared to the rest of New Zealand and we really recommend you drive all the way there if you are in the Abel Tasman area.
|A friend we met in the parking lot|
|Denise using the silver fern to dress up like the all blacks|
When I say 'paddle' I exaggerate a little since we discovered that one can sail, even while on a kayak. We probably did half of the way back that way and it was very welcome as sea kayaking is a lot more tiring than the good old river go-with-the-flow kayaking I've done before.
While in the area we also stayed at a very nice hostel that allowed us to fully relax in between activities.
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