Christmas in Abel Tasman
Trip Start Nov 17, 2008
27Trip End Jan 17, 2009
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We met our kayak guide for the day, a very nice English guy called Steve, we got our gear sorted and we boarded on a really fast aqua taxi for a ride to the starting point of the kayak tour. The landscape was really pretty.
Seals can abundantly be seen from a nearby island. As we approached the island not only could we see some lazing out on the rocks, but we could also smell them! Not pleasant.
As we arrived at the island- keeping in mind that 20 metres away is the closest we could get to it due its national reserve status- the smell was pungent but the seals were an amazing sight.
Also we were also lucky enough to witness some seal loving! The miracle of life taking place right in front of us!
After kayaking a bit more through impressive nature, we stopped at a white sanded beach for some lunch. Steve had prepared for us some hot drinks, sandwiches and delicious cookies, hence we managed to warm up a bit despite shivering from the cold in our wet clothes. We then played a bit of Frisbee and after an hour we set off again.
We arrived at Anchorage bay, where we would spend the night, late on that afternoon. We got very excited about staying in a hut and settled in, only to realize a couple of hours later that we were actually booked in for the camping site rather than the hut. This did not affect our mood at all!
Having picked a good spot for our tents, the shadow allowed us to sleep until 11:30! Around noon we started our 4-hour walk back to Marahau. On the way we enjoyed the magnificent views from the hills along the coast of the National Park, where beautiful beaches are surrounded by deep green forest.
Our plan for a nice fancy Christmas dinner in Marahau was soon torn into pieces, as we realized that no local restaurant was open for us (we were too na´ve to believe that Kiwis will have their restaurants open on Christmas day for the Greeks to dine!). Same story in the nearby towns.
This did not stop us from having a fancy dinner though. We stopped at a very scenic beach on the way to Nelson and Nikos -once again- cooked a delicious dinner. Good mood, lots of cheap wine, Christmas spirit and soon the night took off.
Merry Christmas everybody, Kiwi style!!!