Nelson and Able Tasman National Park
6 Jan 2006
This post is about my adventures in Able Tasman National Park. Able Tasman is actually the name of the Dutch explorer who discovered this part of New Zealand, hence the name of the "Tasman Sea"... Ahaaa ;-)
Anyway, next thing I knew I was on the green Kiwi bus again heading to Nelson, the city in New Zealand with the most hours of sunshine at all. And it rained.. Wow..
Next day it cleared up and we had at least 25-27 degrees in the shade. Pyyh.
I soon discovered Nelson had a nice annual Jazz festival, much like Copenhagen, with outdoor concerts and everything. Very nice.
After soaking up Nelson I went on a wonderful two-day trip to the Able Tasman National Park starting with a water-taxi ride from Kaiteriteri to Waiharakeke or simply Waihike. I tramped from the drop down to Bark Bay (5,5 hours tramp) and stayed in the DOC hut overnight. DOC is Department of Conservation, as you should know..
Next day I went on a really really cool guided sea kayak trip from Bark Bay back down to Kaiteriteri with Kaiteriteri Kayak Company. It was a full day head on. We saw lots and lots of NZ fur seals, some even swan straight under my kayak - it was amazing! And throughout the trip we experienced both super calm and very rough waters. Sometimes a big wave would come crashing down over your head, other times you would "ride" the waves like a surfer. Some of the way we even raised a 9 square meters sail! That's fun I tell ya.
Back in Kaiteriteri the company took us back to Nelson in a nice shuttle bus.
So far so good.
Next post is about the trip from Nelson to Westport. Enjoy!