Abel Tasman NP

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Apr 05, 2009


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Friday, February 20, 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. It takes 3 to 5 days to walk the entire length of the coastal track, fortunately for "amateur" trekkers like us there are several water taxi operations which can make it possible to walk sections of the track as 1 day treks, the taxis can drop you at several different points along the track, and pick you up from a different location at a predefined time. When we arrived in the area, the weather was still quite bad, so we wouldn't be able to go trekking the next day, but we still decided to risk it and booked a water taxi anyway. After that we went to Kaiteriteri beach, considered to be one of the world's best (although it surely didn't look like it in the rain), where we spent the night at the local caravan park.

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.  The several hours walk, although a bit more difficult than we expected, was really nice, passing through native bush overlooking beaches of golden sand and gleaming blue-green water and numerous bays, and it becomes quite steep at times, we were pretty tired when we reached 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.

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Brevemente…

CZ:
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. Kdyz jsme dorazili do parku, pocasi se stale jeste nehodlalo umoudrit a chvili jsme uvazovali, jestli ma vubec cenu si na dalsi den neco planovat. Nakonec optimisticka polovina nasi osobnosti zvitezila a my si i pres neuprosny dest objednali hydrotaxi na dalsi den. Potom jsme se vydali na obhlidku plaze Kaiteriteri, ktera je podle pruvodce jednou z nejkrasnejsich na svete, no v tom desti to tak moc nevypadalo. Na noc jsme zaparkovali v mistnim kempu a stravili tu velmi destivou noc.

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:  za prvy se vinula jako had ze strany na stranu a byl to tam samej kopecek a udoli, no ale na druhou stranu (a to je ten druhy duvod) jsme se tu neskutecne kochali, uzasna panoramata! Noc jsme stravili v kempu v Pohare, kde jsme si uzivali krasneho zapadu slunce. Zitrek byl nasim poslednim dnem na Jiznim ostrove a nasim cilem bylo se priblizit co nejvice k mestu Picton, odkud nam odjizdel trajekt na Severni ostrov. Bylo to jeste porad dost daleko, a tak jsme se ani nikde moc nestavovali, tedy krome nekolika uzasnych zalivu na pobrezi Golden Bay, pramenu Waikoropulu (nejvetsi vridla na NZ a pry maji nejcistsi vodu na svete), jo a take jsme se staveli v jeskyni Ngarua nedaleko vrcholu kopce Takaka Hill. Potom uz jsme bez zastavky spechali az do oblasti Marlborough Sounds.
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