Friendlier Seals, and good bye South Island!
Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
11Trip End Oct 24, 2011
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Where I stayed
Richmond & Nelson
What I did
In the morning, we were up really early and had to drive only a bit further to Motueka before waiting till the Abel Tasman sea kayaking place opened, we enquired about going this morning, and to our delight, the woman said we could and gave us instructions to drive upto Kaiteriteri, where we could bored a boat which would take us into the national park, and drop us off, where we could kayak to another point, before a half hour look round the park, so we would also get to see the famous New Zealand 'Silver Fern'. The day itself was beautiful!
After boarding the boat we headed right far round to tonga bay, and it was there we first got our Kayaks sorted. These were two person Kayaks so I opted to go at the back and steer (which is done by using pedals) and take pictures as I could reach our dry bag, whilst Matt just sat at the front and got me wet. We both had to paddle, but we took to it like ducks to water and seemed to be the best in our group, so we bolted off towards tonga island seal colony infront of everyone else. To my delight these Seals were alot friendlier than the last ones, and liked to show off swimming in the water, waving at us, and even diving underneath our kayaks. After going all the way Island we headed back towards the main coastline seeing a blue penguin enroute.
After Kayaking around the coastline for a while we entered another bay, where we was going to get out and have lunch, except me and Matt didn't bring any. Just before we got to the shore the Intructor yelled if we wanted to go into the lagoon as the tide was in far enough, which we did. It was a really good part of the trip as it was so secluded from anywhere and we managed to do it without beaching our kayak in the shallows. After coming back we went to shore, and when everyone else was eating, I went for a paddle. Matt wanted a picture of him standing in the sea, which I took, then it was my turn to pose. I waded out to where Matt was but decided it wasn't too far from an island in the bay, so I walked to it and climbed on a rock. This was pretty cool, except for the whole time I was on it, matt didn't even take a photo, as he was too distracted chatting to our instructor. Not Happy.
Eventually we got back into the Kayaks and headed back round the coastline to our eventual pick up point for the boat. This was where we got to have our 30min walk in the park and the Intructor/guide showed us some pretty cool plants that I can't remember the names of except the famous NZ silver fern. We even got to eat some of the plants and pure sugar from trees which actually turned out to be beetle excrement. Nice. After walking round for a while we came back to the beach and waited for the boat to pick us up, with a mind to head back down to Nelson to spend the night.
After spending the night in Nelson where I had 'Mousakka' for the first time, I drove us to Picton where we was going to have to stay another night so we could get the ferry at 1pm the next day due to a discounted deal with our rental company. This had been something we had looked over the past week, realising we would be in auckland a day later than excpected and literally driving up there the day England and Scotland were playing, and it is a long drive! This is where I played my A game and decided once getting to Picton and realising there is literally nothing there I would drive us straight to the ferry and see if we could pay any extra fee to go that evening... and to the girls disgust (once we told them about it in auckland), our 'jammy git luck' payed off yet again. We managed to get on the ferry with pretty much the last space at no additional cost. Result, and it infact saved us a day and half wasted. Result. You need to roll the dice to play the game.
On the ferry we looked in our little motel book the rental company had given us (yet to be used), after realising we would need a place to stay in wellington and we wouldnt be there untill 10pm, and sorted it all out enroute. I also had a funny feeling our good friend Canada would be in Wellington that night so asked her if she would like to meet up for drinks. We only went out for a few drinks as me and Matt had an epic drive ahead of us the next day (in which it was!) but it was great to see Canada again, and we even met her again for breakfast before our long journey up to Auckland.