I spent quite a while hanging out in Golden Bay and Abel Tasman in December 2017. The first trip was with the family but I couldn’t get enough of the place so I drove back up with Gina and met Craig there after Christmas.
During the first trip I caught up with Georgia who drove over from Nelson for a couple of days. We did some mountain biking, running, and some lazy kayaking. Jane also flew in and stayed with us for a few days, More kayaking, and some climbing.
On the second trip Gina, Craig, and I did two canyons. The first was Campbell Creek near Takaka and the second was Waterfall Creek in the Abel Tasman National Park. We also did some climbing at Paynes Ford and at the sea cliffs. After injuring myself slightly on the second canyon I decided to recuperate on the beach at Totaranui. Some of the running gang were there: Matt, Lara, Greig, Clare, Aaron, Sara and family, Viv, Dave, Michael, and Katie. Otherwise known as the family club. I got shown how slow I am by going running with some of them. I also went for a solo run into the park for a day. In the evenings I cooked some feasts with Michael and Katie .
Here are some photos:
After our tramp around Mt Arthur area we cruised back to the coast and stayed the night at Old Mac Donald’s farm before setting off on the 23rd for some seakayaking fun from Marahau.
The conditions were perfect when we left – Nice and sunny and warm and most importantly very little wind. We cruised around Fisherman and Adele Islands, stopping at Te Puketia later before heading up to Mosquito Bay in the evening. We made dinner there and then went for another evening cruise up to Tonga Island. The stars were out to impress in the evening and snapped away merrily.
We headed off from Mosquito Bay early the next day and headed North for another loop around Tonga Island before heading back South. No wind and nice and still to start with. A northerly got up later and pushed us back to Marahau. We had a stop at Te Puketia and cruised around Adele Island again before having lunch at Apple Tree Bay.
Then it was a drive in the evening to the Lake Daniels campsite where we pitched a tent for the night.
Above left: Leonie and I went seakayaking for a couple of days in the Abel Tasman National Park. We set off from Marahau, kayaked up to Mosquito Bay and returned the next day. There was some investigation of the islands and beaches along the way including two circumnavigations of Tonga Island. Above right: We stopped at Te Puketia on the way into the park and on the way out because it’s such a nice bay.
Above left: Leonie did some modelling in her bikini (with silly hat). Above right: We camped at Mosquito Bay in the evening. As you can see the weather really was fantastic.
Above left: And the stars in the evening weren’t too shabby either. Above right: We were given a standard multi-day tub. Nice and sturdy… and slow…
I’ve just got back from ten days of lazing in Golden Bay, still the most bestest part of New Zealand.
We climbed, kayaked, ran, swam, rode, and pictionaried. Brendan and Andy joined us for a few days half way through and Katie did a cycling mission up to Takaka and we caught up with her briefly too.
Above left: We didn’t have such a good start to the trip with a tyre on the trailer needing replacing in Lewis Pass. The weather was very nice in the pass though so it wasn’t too bad. Above right: It was a beautiful day so we headed out in kayaks to the Tata Islands off Tata Beach.
Above Left: We landed on the island and had a bit of ginger beer to celebrate. Above Right: The island was inhabited by many shags.
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