Abel Tasman National Park

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.

Split Apple Rock

Split Apple Rock

Another lovely view of the Abel Tasman coastline from Yellow Point, Stillwell Bay

Another lovely view of the Abel Tasman coastline from Yellow Point, Stillwell Bay

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River view near Cleopatra's Pool

River view near Cleopatra’s Pool

Vast golden sands in Torrent Bay

Vast golden sands in Torrent Bay

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Beautiful unfurling ferns

Beautiful unfurling ferns

Split Apple Rock

Split Apple Rock

Beautiful view south over Sandfly Bay from South Head

Beautiful view south over Sandfly Bay from South Head

Sandfly Bay (thankfully I didn't encounter the sandflies)

Sandfly Bay (thankfully I didn’t encounter the sandflies)

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Father & daughter waiting for sunrise.

Father & daughter waiting for sunrise.

Looking for food at sunrise

Looking for food at sunrise

Just before sunrise from Kaiteriteri beach

Just before sunrise from Kaiteriteri beach

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