Slice of Paradise

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Marahau was our base to explore Abel Tasman National Park. It's another of those sights that everyone raves about, and yes, we can confirm that it is rave-worthy! WOW! Golden sands, blue waters, bays galore, filled to the brim with wildlife and framed by native rainforest.

We opted for the "Slice of Paradise" tour. The Aqua Taxi (speed boat) cruised up from Marahau all the way up to Tataranui at the other end of the park, stopping at each bay to explain its uniqueness and to point out some natural hot-spots like the seal colony and funny shaped rocks. After dropping the others off, we even got to steer the speedboat! That was really cool, especially bumping on the waves and making sharp turns. Hmmm I wonder what life would be like living near the sea or in a speedboat. Apparently they do sleeper conversions. Perhaps time to upgrade? Sorry, Mr T!

When Andrew, the Aqua Taxi driver, dropped us off at Bark Bay it was like being dropped on a remote island. Very Lord of the Flies, but a lot less dramatic. The deal was then to hike on to Torrent Bay (2 hours) along the coastal track through lush forest. If we reached it by 2pm, we
could continue on the low-tide track across the shore to Anchorage (30 mins). Guess we should've brought a watch! Despite stopping at every lookout on the way, we made it in time (we guess-timate), but just barely. The incoming tide had started creating little streams that were
already too wide to jump so our poor piggies were frozen solid!

Apparently this place is absolutely chocker in the summer, with one campsite bursting at the seam with 850 sites for tents and campervans. That's aside from the all the boats that moor here! We only passed 4 people on the track, but imagine it's a traffic jam in peak. We were happy for the 3 S's - solitude, silence and sunshine.
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