Sorry for the delay in posts – I went to Disneyland on the way home and was just having too much fun to post here. But without further ado – here is Abel Tasman.
As had been forecasted we woke up to rain. Nothing torrential, just a steady downpour. Because of this part of the group decided not to participate in the hike, however thb rest of us waterproofed up and headed out.
A bus took us down the road where we boarded a boat which would take us across to the national park. It was such a fun ride! The water was a bit choppy, but that just made it better in my opinion. We were taken out to see Split Apple Rock and a seal colony on the way too.
The last part of the trip was the best – the mad mile! The boat was going up waves and then dropping straight down. The rest of the passengers were looking at me like I was mad as I was laughing while they were white knuckling it.
The tide wasn’t as far out as usual when we got to the beach, so we had to wait for the right moment and then jump to avoid being ankle deep in the sea. Surprisingly I just about made it; I’m usually the one who would trip over and land face first.
The hike was really good. It started with quite a big hill, but this was worth it for the views. That’s the great thing about New Zealand – you really feel like you’re in a different place.
After we got out of the rainforest it was an easy walk back to the camp where leftover risotto and hot showers were calling our names. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and then it was yummy food from The Fat Tui. The next two days would be spent making our way back to Auckland.