The sunny town of Kaiteriteri with its golden beach was my launching place for a full day trip into the Abel Tasman National Park. Established in 1942 and named after Abel Tasman (the Dutch seafarer who anchored here in 1642) is renowned for its world-famous coastal walking track, its golden beaches, unmodified estuaries, sculptured granite cliffs and mild climate. The Abel Tasman walking track is 51km long, popular with walkers who do it in 3-5 days. As I didn’t pack overnight camping gear, I just did a day trip – taking a water taxi up to Bark Bay, and hiked the 15km south to Apple Tree Bay where I caught the boat back. I enjoyed the peaceful stretch of unspoilt coastline, with its winding paths, beautiful secluded beaches and waterfalls. This would be a great place to come back to and explore by boat, or hike further and stay at some of the camp sites.