Hiking the Abel Tasman Track
09 March 2012
This would be our most ambitious tramping day yet. We really wanted to experience this famous great walk on the shores of Golden and Tasman Bays in Abel Tasman National Park. When we were here a month ago at the beginning of our South Island adventure we kayaked in the park. Now we would enjoy the views of the golden beaches and azure waters from the trails on shore.
The nice lady at the i-site in Takaka suggested a route for us on the coastal track. She looked particularly fit and I hoped that I could do as well as her. I am certainly feeling more fit now after all our hikes in NZ than when we first stepped off the boat after our passage from Tonga last October.
Whew! Norm and I both had tired feet at the end of our day, 28 km and 8 hours later! But wow, it was a wonderful hike. Amazing views, some steep hill climbs and a few moments of relaxing on golden sand beaches. You can catch a water taxi to various places in the park to begin hiking but opted for a full circle loop. We hiked from the carpark in Wainui, up Gibbs Hill to Totaranui, along the beach at Anapai, out to Separation Point, past the Whariwharangi Hut and back to Wainui. The sun came out in the afternoon and yes, Norm took a zillion photos.
Abel Tasman Park is one of my favourite places in NZ. At the west end of the park there are fewer people. We passed only a handful all day on our hike. The town of Takaka is very funky and you can access Cape Farewell from here which is wonderfully remote. I could easily come back to this area of NZ again someday.