Views of Blues!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2013
Trip End Nov 24, 2014

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, December 22, 2013

Two days ago we took an aqua taxi around Abel Tasman National Park. We started from Kaiteriteri Beach, which has been named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We learned that the rocks around Abel Tasman are granite which is made up of iron. Since it's all in the sea, the iron rusts and turns to a beautiful golden colour. This is how the sand gets to look the way it does on all the beaches in the Park.

The views along the way from the water were magnificent! We got to see Split Apple Rock. The granite all around us has lots of fractures and faults and this one particular large rock split cleanly down the middle and looks exactly like an apple split in half, hence the name!

The natural wildlife around Abel Tasman has many invasive threats. The Department of Conservation has been working hard to protect the native plants and animals in the park. To do this, they are poisoning tons and tons of pine trees since it would be more destructive to the land to actually cut them down. There are also rodents (rats and possums) that are detrimental to the native birds in the area. To get rid of these pests, there are traps throughout the park.

The aqua taxi took us to Bark's Bay Beach and this is where we spent a couple of hours. The coast of Abel Tasman has very high tides and it came in quickly. We arrived during low tides, but we had to keep moving our towels up higher and higher up on the beach. There were so few people on this gorgeous beach that it was almost as if we had it all to ourselves; our own private beach! After relaxing, seeing a little blue penguin, and Jason doing a little swimming, we headed toward the track for a 12km hike to Anchorage Bay Beach. The hike was nice, but we both agree that it wasn't as scenic as the Queen Charlotte Track we had done earlier this week. Once we got to Anchorage Bay we quickly noticed the guide from the aqua taxi was absolutely right about it being a busier beach. It wasn't as busy as beaches get back home, but there were definitely more people here than Bark's Bay. Once we were back on the aqua taxi, it was another beautiful boat ride back to Kaiteriteri and along the way we stopped to see another cute little blue penguin swimming around. Apparently they are rarely seen on land here during the day, but at night they all come together to swim back to shore, safety in numbers!

It was a very nice and enjoyable day. The sun made us both pretty tired!

Yesterday we drove to Takaka, which is part of the Golden Bay region. The drive was about an hour and just like our previous drives in this country, was incredibly beautiful. After we settled in to the hostel, we got back in the car and headed to historic Waikoropupu, "Pupu", Springs. These natural cold springs are sacred to the Maori, so even though in the past people were allowed to swim and dive in them, today the water is not allowed to be touched. These waters have been declared as the clearest springs in the world by National Geographic, being able to see over 50m down in the water. It was quite beautiful to see.

After the Springs we drove to Wainui Falls. The drive to get here was wonderful with huge rocks on one side of us and beaches on the other. The hike through to get to the top of the falls was spectacular! There are huge rocks and boulders all along the hike with the water streaming around and over them. We saw a goat grazing at the top of some high rocks. Parts of this hike were steep, slippery, and a fun adventure! At one point, there is a shaky suspension bridge we had to cross that could only hold one person at a time. Jason didn't mind the bridge, but was a little nervous at times. I loved it! I enjoyed the views all around me and below me as I walked across the shaky bridge. Once we passed this, there were a few more tough climbs and then we were at the top! The rocks around the waterfall were exciting to climb. We got some good pictures.

It was another day of beautiful sites and great adventure!
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Mom on

Just beautiful! Keep enjoying!

Steph Greer on

Amazing photos, and what an adventure you're having! I'm really glad to be able to follow along via your blog. I'm sooo jealous of the sun and the fact you're in shorts and bathing suits... hahaha. New Zealand looks so stunning!

jasonandgaryn on

Thanks Steph! I hope you are able to stay safe and warm during your break and hopefully Toronto will get some sunshine soon too!

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