After a bit of drama with the ferry crossing we made it across to South Island largely unscathed. We headed through the Marlborough region across to the Abel Tasman National Park and were totally enamoured by the stunning Eco Resort that Charlotte had selected for us. It was really beautifully done and we had a stunning view of the ocean. We were absolutely buzzing and delighted and blessed to have such a lovely place to stay.
We arrived late and headed out early (after an amazing breakfast of locally sourced produce) for our ‘kayak, seals and walk’ tour of the Abel Tasman. Kiateriteri is known to have some of the best weather in NZ and it came up trumps for us. Wall to wall sunshine and really comfortable temperatures were perfect for sea kayaking around the bay. We had a fantastic guide called Michu who chatted away and made sure we were all comfortable on the water. The equipment was good quality and the water was still which meant for a really pleasant few hours of exploring the ocean.
We headed for split apple rock and enjoyed the beautiful turquoise waters. We clambered through a little cave and admired the lovely scenery before returning to shore. We had built up quite the appetite for our packed lunch before boarding the boat to see the seal colony. This was largely the only disappointing bit of the day as there were hardly any seals and we only passed the area briefly before we carried on the the bay where we would start our hike.
The walk through the Abel Tasman was a little steep at times, which is challenging when it is warm, but generally comfortable after the first climb. We saw some lovely spots and made it to the destination beach in just over 90 minutes despite the walk being allocated three hours! This gave us time for a quick snooze on the beach and even a little bit of sun bathing before boarding the boat back to the town.
We borrowed ‘Boy’ a NZ made film about the life of a young Mouri boy and we made a little fort on the floor of our room to enjoy it in. It’s a great film and when you’ve been in NZ for a while and learned a bit about the culture, you really ‘get it’. A must watch for any traveller types!