Abel Tasman National Park and Farewell Spit

Trip Start Nov 03, 2007
Trip End Feb 22, 2008

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Friday, February 8, 2008

North of the South Island is home to the Abel Tasman national park, a beautiful reserve where you can walk / cycle / kayak or take a sea taxi between spots on the otherwise inaccesible coast. It's incredibly beautiful, and we took a tour where we were dropped into the park by aqua taxi, hiked down the coast for a couple of hours, and then kayaked the rest of the way home. The aqua taxi is quite suprising - you get on the boat at the office, and then get towed down to the slip, before heading out to sea.

Whilst here we also headed north of Abel Tasman to the "farewell spit" which is a 20km long spit with some incredible wildlife, rare birds, and miles of rippling sand dunes. Highlights were seeing flocks of hundreds and thousands of black swans, and finally getting a picture of the very nervous pukekos.
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