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Dec 3, 2015 - Collingwood and Farewell Spit

Drove northeast from Westport on Route 6 passing thru the narrow gorge between the Victoria Forest Park & Kahurangi National Forest. Heading to the Abel Tasman National Park area. Decided to go past Tasman to Collingwood & Farewell Spit; the farthest north one can get on the South Island. Farewell Spit is basically an 18 mile long, & half mile wide, sand bar. Unless on a guided tour you can walk only the first 2.5 miles; which is quite enough to feel very removed from 'civilization'. Most people we saw walked only the 1st mile or less....

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Mar 21, 2007 - Abel Tasman Track - Day 5 - Leaving the A.T.

Today was our last day on the track and, even though we had had a great time, we were so excited to get back to our van and real food and hot showers (ahhhhhhhh, the luxury). We had a pretty short walk back to Totaranui (home of the sand fly) where we would catch the water taxi/cruise we had arranged with Wilson's Experience. We positively bounced back down the mountain and arrived early for our departure. We lay on the beach for about an hour until our taxi arrived and then happily boarded for the relaxing three hour cruise back. As soon...

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Mar 19, 2007 - Abel Tasman Track - Day 3 - Awaroa Hut

We woke early as usual but by the time we got everything together it was nearly 8am. We made really good time to Onetahuni Bay which is where we had decided to stop for lunch. The bay was just beautiful, a great place to relax for a couple of hours on the beach. So relaxed, in fact, that the last thing I wanted to do was walk anymore so the last stretch was particularly grueling for me. We arrived at the next hut, Awaroa in good spirits because we had made good time and glory to god! we found out that there was a lodge with a café within...

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Mar 18, 2007 - Abel Tasman Track - Day 2 - Bark Bay

This morning we woke very early (just before 6am) because we had to walk around a tidal crossing. With the tidal crossings we had two choices: wait for the bay to be at low tide so that the bay (torrent bay) was low enough to cross OR walk around it. As low tide was not until 2pm and you can only cross 2 hours either side of low tide, we decided to walk around rather than wait until noon. BIG mistake. For one thing, our shoulders absolutely ached from the previous day's measly haul of a couple hours. And, the walk around was quite steep...

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Oct 23, 2005 - North of the South to South of the North

After the excitement of the Glaciers we headed a little further inland and visited more of Rod's relatives in Arthur's Pass, which was fab as we managed to spend the night in the pub and then have a REAL bed and heated blankets! Fantastic, beats the campervan for a night. We had a great day in Arthurs Pass the scenery as always was fantastic and we found another glacier which was slowly retreating through the valley and melting whilst we were there, as you will see from the photo's a very dangerous place to visit, nonetheless worthwhile and...

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Upshalls on Tour

Oct 19, 2004 - Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

We had a great time at the north of the South Island as the coast is very scenic and the weather was good too. Spent some time in little places - Nelson, Motueka and Marahau. The main reason for travelling up here was to visit the Abel Tasman national Park, a coast lined with beautiful beaches, coves and lush vegetation. It was hard to believe we were still in New Zealand as we had travelled from snowy glacier mountainous countryside, through rainy west coast downpours to beautiful weather and tropical scenery. Keeps us on our toes and it's...

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