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Australia & Pacific-Travelogue  |  Travel time: September 2005 - July 2006  |  by marc and nora L.

The South Island: Nelson & Abel Tasman National Park

After a few hours drive through some of NZ`s most unspectactular scenary (with the exception of the Queen Charlotte track which winds its way from Picton to Havelock with some stunning views down to the Marlborough Sounds) we arrived in Nelson. Beautiful looking little town which is growing into a real exclusive little spot due to a lot of the rich crowd investing in property here. With a ferry booked from Picton to Wellingtom for the next day we didn´t intend to hang around. We just picked up some info for the Abel Tasmen NP and left for Marahau from where we would take the water taxi the next day onto the National Park itself. We had decided to do a short half day walk from Anchorage (or in fact Torent Bay) back to Marahau along a short section of the National Parks 51km coastal walk.

First Impressions amazing! With a perfect blue sky and sunshine the 40 minute water taxi (speed boat) trip was a great start to the day. The sea swell was pretty big (few metres) in parts but the journey was great fun. We got dropped in Torrent bay, waded ashore and started our 4 hr walk back to Marahau. This is such a stunning walk and we wish we could have stayed to do the entire route! This place is absolutely picture postcard beautiful! The views from the rain forest covered cliff tops are sensational and I`m sure that our pictures don`t do them justice. Every so often there are tracks which will lead you down to some of the most amazing beaches with fine sands and turquise waters. With such little time to spend there we were sad to leave them behind. After all of the wind and rain which we had encountered over the last couple of weeks this was a perfect goodbye to New Zealand`s South Island.

abel tasman - split apple

abel tasman - split apple

arrival after speedboat drop off

arrival after speedboat drop off

walking through frrrreezing cold water

walking through frrrreezing cold water

some birds...

some birds...

our 1st view from above (many more to come)

our 1st view from above (many more to come)

another fantastic view

another fantastic view

our walking trail along the coast

our walking trail along the coast

some other fantastic view from above

some other fantastic view from above

With just hours before our ferry departure we were back in the car and off to visit a friend of Trevor (Nora`s Mum`s partner) who had emigrated to NZ with his family (wife and two children) a few years ago. They invited us for coffee to their beautiful home in the hilly countryside outside of Nelson. Really nice guys living out their dream in NZ. With a 10pm ferry to catch we hit the road and headed for Picton ferry port.

zed and family

zed and family

© marc and nora L., 2005
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Hello - 5 more days!!! On the 12th of September we are setting off! Our plan is to travel round the world for a period of 10 months. 1st stop: Thailand (1 month) and cambodia 2nd stop: Via Singapore (overland) to Australia where we plan to stay for approximately 4-5 months. 3rd stop: New Zealand (2 months) (north and south island) 4th stop: South America (approx. 3 months) (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and if time and money allows we might visit costa rica)
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Start of journey: Sep 12, 2005
Duration: 11 months
End of journey: Jul 31, 2006
Travelled countries: world-wide
United Kingdom
Thailand
Malaysia
Cambodia
Singapore
Australia
Australia & Pacific
New Zealand
South America
Chile
Argentina
Bolivia
Peru
Ecuador
Canada
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marc and nora L. is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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