Abel Tasman NP
Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
123Trip End Apr 05, 2009
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The Abel Tasman National Park is a truly beautiful coastal area and one of the most popular trekking destinations in New Zealand. There are various tracks in the park, of which the most popular, and one of the country's most beautiful, is the 51km-long coastal track.
The next morning we woke up to a beautiful day, after the last few days we could barely believe our eyes. We went for the water taxi terminal and we were surprised to find out it was inland and not at the water where one would expect it, but you still board the boat right there... it sits on a trailer and once everybody boards, it is towed to the beach, it's quite funny to travel that bit of road by boat :-). The boat trip was quite nice, and after a few sightseeing stops we were dropped at the Big Tonga beach, from where we walked to our pick-up point at Torrent Bay.
After the trekking we drove to Golden Bay, the road over the Takaka Hill turned out to be much more steep and winding than we expected, but due to the magnificent dramatic scenery, it also turned out to be absolutely amazing. We stopped for the night at the beachside caravan park in Pohara. The next day was basically our last day in South Island, so we had to make it somewhere near Picton from where we would take the inter-island ferry, although this was a fairly long drive, we still had time to do some sightseeing on the way. We first visited some of the Golden Bay coast, and also the Te Waikoropupu springs, the largest freshwater springs in NZ, and reputedly the clearest in the world, and on the way out of the area we made a stop at the Ngarua Caves, near the summit of the Takaka Hill. After this we didn't stop very often until we reached the Marlborough Sounds.
Narodni park Abel Tasman je nadherna pobrezni oblast a diky tomu i jedna z nejoblibenejsich destinaci neunavnych "chodicu" na Novem Zelande. V parku je nekolik tras a nejpopularnejsi je pobrezni stezka, ktera meri celych 51km, coz jsme rozhodne zdolavat nehodlali, trva to 3-5 dni. Nastesti tu jezdi dostatek vodnich taxiku, ktere ty “linejsi” turisty (jako jsme my) odvezou na jednodenni tury a na konci dne je zase vyzvednou.
Druhy den rano jsme nemohli uverit vlastnim ocim, slunicko svedomite svitilo a na obzoru nebyl ani jeden mracek. S dobrou naladou jsme se vydali k terminalu, ktery prekvapive nebyl na pobrezi, ale asi 300m od plaze. Trochu nas to zarazilo a pak jsme se museli docela smat, protoze se nase cela skupinka nalodila do clunu, ktery drepel na jakemsi voziku a byl zaprahnuty za traktor. Takto jsme oddrkocali k mori, kde nas traktor zacouval do more. Plavba to byla prijemna, cestou jsme se staveli na nekolika zajimavych mistech a potom nas taxik vysadil na plazi Big Tonga a odtud uz jsme museli pekne po svych az do zalivu Torrent Bay. Nebyl to zadny med, obcas jsme se plazili do kopce s jazyky na veste, ale byla tu nadherna priroda - lesy, palmy, zatoky s tyrkysovou vodou a plaze se zlatym piskem, proste romantika. :-)
Hned jak jsme se vratili z prochazky, vyrazili jsme smer Golden Bay. Silnice vedla pres Takaka Hill a docela nas prekvapila, a to hned ze dvou duvodu: