We left Pelorus Bridge in the morning after a short swim in the nice deep green and quite warm water. We drove to Aussie Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound and ate lunch. Later in the afternoon we got the kayaks into the water.
There was a strong breeze coming directly down the sounds that we battled into. It was pleasantly warm and it was nice to be getting some arm exercise. We turned left and kayaked across to Davies Bay. Ari didn’t much like the wind and the waves it created but I didn’t think it was too dramatic.
We lay in the sun on the grass at the camp site for a while before paddling back. We drove a little before cooking dinner on the road above the sounds.
We arrived at the camp site at the Nelson Lakes turn off shortly before midnight and set up camp.
1) Swimming at Pelorus Bridge. I went swimming in the nice river in the morning before we got back on the road.
2) We continued on towards Queen Charlotte Sounds. This tree was growing almost horizontal to the water. It made a good place to sit.
3) We kayaked across the grove arm to the other side and lay on the grass in the sun while the sandflies nibbles at our exposed skin. Ari didn’t much like the waves while crossing.
4) We kayaked to the bay to the right behind Ari on the other side of the grove arm. Ari enjoyed being on the other side but didn’t much like crossing there and back. There had been quite a strong wind as we kayaked up the righthand side of the grove.
We packed up and drove towards the Marlborough Sounds. We turned off the main road and headed towards Tennyson Inlet. I’d heard that it’s nice but had never been there. The road was narrow and winding and climbed steeply. We disappeared beneath cloud as we descended to the inlet.
We had a picnic and went for a walk along the Nydia Track a little way. Later we drove to Pelorus Bridge for the night.
1) We left Marahau and drove through Nelson and further on to the Rai Valley. From there we headed out the small winding road to Tennyson Inlet.
2) We had lunch down by the water at Tennyson Inlet and I went for a quick fly before we went for a walk in the bush along the coast line.
3) We continued driving around the road until we came across the world’s end. Since it was no exit we assumed we couldn’t go much further and turned around.
4) We drove to Pelorus Bridge in the evening and stayed at the nice camp site there.
We left Watering Cove early and kayaked to Marahau. It was a sunny morning and the sea was calm. We dragged the kayaks up through the marshland to the road and found the nearest camp ground to set up at. After lunch I headed off back into the park on foot with the goal of running to Awaroa to pick up the car. It had turned into a very nice day. The water was a beautiful blue and the sand an amazing yellow. The track was packed but as I got further into the park the number of people reduced significantly until there was just me in paradise. My legs seemed to be ok. I wasn’t super fast but they seemed fairly happy. I crossed the Awaroa Inlet dead on low tide and got to the car. It was then a two hour drive back to Marahau to see Ari and to make delicious kumara burgers for dinner.
1) We kayaked out to Marahau and set up camp there. We had a quick lunch and then I ran back into the park.
2) I ran the track back to Awaroa Inlet, arriving there in the evening. From there I drove the car back around to meet Ari again.
3) The Abel Tasman National Park really is very pretty.
4) The view down towards Onetahuti.