Seakayaking Abel Tasman Dec 2014

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.

Following a seal (Seakayaking Abel Tasman Dec 2014)Bellbird looking for nectar (Seakayaking Abel Tasman Dec 2014)

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.

Leonie goes paddling (Seakayaking Abel Tasman Dec 2014)Leonie at Mosquito Bay (Seakayaking Abel Tasman Dec 2014)

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.

Awesome stars at Mosquito Bay (Seakayaking Abel Tasman Dec 2014)The kayak at Te Puketia (Seakayaking Abel Tasman Dec 2014)

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…

Lazing in Golden Bay

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.

Not such a good start (Takaka 2013)Into the blue (Takaka 2013)

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.

View from Tata Islands 2 (Takaka 2013)A flying shag (Takaka 2013)

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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Seakayaking Manapouri Jan 2013

Leonie and I zipped down to Lake Manapouri from our camp in Te Anau for an overnight seakayaking trip. We hired gear at the lake and not long after midday we were on the water paddling out of Pearl Harbour. After not long we portaged over to Circle Cove and stopped and had lunch on the beach. We then found a camp site a little further to the North on a nice little deserted beach. After pitching the tent we went for a cruise up around Mahara Island, had a peak into the Hope Arm and returned to camp. We had a cosy evening in front of a fantastic fire that Leonie rustled up although the wet and cooler temperatures seemed to take their toll as we both woke up with colds the next day. A speedy kayak back out the way we came and we were zooming back up to Te Anau.

Leonie with kayak about to launch (Seakayaking Manapouri)Kayak portage (Seakayaking Manapouri)

Above left:  Leonie about to set off for a quick overnight sea kayaking mission on lake Manapouri. Due to limited time we zoomed down to the lake from our camp in Te Anau and hired a kayak for a couple of days. Spontaneous trips are fun. Above right: Not long into the trip we had to portage the kayak over a low section of land to avoid a longer kayak around into Circle Cove. The portage section was from Surprise Bay to Circle Cove and took five minutes or so but only because the lake was in flood and the portage section had almost enough water in it to allow us to kayak through. A couple of families were camping on the remains of the beach (flooding again) and helped us with the portage.

Landed on a beach (Seakayaking Manapouri)Kayak on beach 2 (Seakayaking Manapouri)Leonie looks around (Seakayaking Manapouri)

Above left: Leonie and Cris at our lunch spot on a beach at the south end of Circle Cove. Above middle: Parked up. The kayak on the beach in Cricle Cove at our campsite. Above right: Leonie kayaking.

Leonie burning the beach down (Seakayaking Manapouri)Leonie at campsite (Seakayaking Manapouri)Leonie on campsite beach 4 (Seakayaking Manapouri)

Above left: Leonie rustled up a great fire in the evening at our camp site in Cricle Cove. Someone before us had already set up a fire place so it was just a case of grabbing some of the dried leaves and twigs on the dead tree in the picture and finding some bigger drift wood. We cooked around the fire and tried to dry some of our clothes. In my case this resulted in me melting some stuff instead. Above middle: Our campsite viewed from the fallen beach tree. Above right: Leonie standing on the beach at our campsite.

Mmm fire (Seakayaking Manapouri)View from campsite 2 (Seakayaking Manapouri)

Above left: The fire kept us warm in the evening. Above right: View of the kayak on the beach at camp.

Rainbow across the water (Seakayaking Manapouri)Rainbow on the water (Seakayaking Manapouri)

Above left: A rainbow on the water in the morning. Above right: The lake seemed to be filled with rainbows.

Above: Seakayaking on Lake Manapouri with seabirds.

Above: Rainbow in the morning.

Above: Seakayaking on Lake Manapouri.

Kayaking Milford Sound, Jan 2013

After our mission up Gertrude Saddle in the morning we drove to Milford Sound and went for a cruise around the sound on a boat (Father’s idea…). There was some cunning navigating from the skipper so that we could take some nice rainbow photos and general cruising around. The next day we went kayaking on the sound, which was good, except the weather was not so nice and we ended up a little chilly. We had the chance to kayak up close to Stirling Falls which was grand. After the kayaking we warmed up with a hot chocolate and drove to the Divide where we started our tramp into Lake Howden Hut.


Mitre Peak close up (Milford Sound)Seals 2 (Milford Sound)

Above left: Everyone needs a photo of Mitre Peak or two. Above right: We went on a boat cruise on the sound in the evening and saw some seals on the way back.

Rainbow below the waterfall 2 (Milford Sound)Leonie and two rainbows (Milford Sound)

Above left: Stirling Falls with rainbow attached. Above right: Leonie poses from the boat in front of Stirling Falls. The waterfall is very impressive and so were the rainbows it produced.

Leonie enjoys her boat ride (Milford Sound)Leonie in our kayak (Milford Sound)

Above left: We headed out on a boat to near Stirling Falls to start our kayaking. Above right: We were ferried out to a start point near Stirling Falls in the morning and we boarded our kayak from the boat there.

About to do some kayaking (Milford Sound)Nearing the waterfall 2 (Milford Sound)

Above left: We were ferried out to a start point near Stirling Falls in the morning and we boarded our kayak from the boat there. Above right: We had the opportunity to paddle right up to Stirling Falls in the kayaks.


Above: Stirling Falls from cruise boat.

Above: Zooming out to go kayaking on the boat.

Above: Kayaking near Stirling Falls.

Sea kayaking, Rab Island, Croatia

We are waiting at the ferry terminal on Rab Island , Croatia for the ferry that will head back to Jablanac on the mainland in half an hour. We’ve just spent two days kayaking
around the island. We came over here on Saturday morning and hired a couple of single kayaks from a very laid back kayak firm/family in Rab. Then it was onto the water and off.

The weather was as usual perfect and the water was an amazing turquoise colour. It reminds me of the Soca river in Slovenia.
Unfortunately, there was an abundance of older topless German women hiding in every little inlet ready to pounce. However despite this slight drawback the island was very
nice. It reminded me a little of the Abel Tasman. In parts the bush looks similar from a distance. The rocks are white and there are lots of little
inlets to hide in.

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Above left: Brendan in his kayak on the Adriatic Sea. Above right: We camped the night on a small island Sv. Grgur.

After a couple of stops to go swimming in the delicious warm water we came across an old Slovenian dude in a sea kayak. We paddled with him for the
next hour or so until my weedy little not-used-for-many-years arms gave up and he kayaked off into the setting sun that was not yet setting due to it
being summer and all. We continued on at our pace and reached another island off to the North of Rab named Sv. Grgur where we met our Slovenian friend
again. We pitched our tent on the island and wandered around for a while. In keeping with our experience of Croatia so far the island was sparsely vegetated and very dry, many white rocks, pine trees in parts and other trees I couldn’t identify. Our Slovenian friend saved the day after our cooker failed to start proving that MSR Whisperlite International cookers do indeed require their fuel filter.

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Above left: View from the kayak near Rab. Above right: We found some nice rocks to climb around on Rab. We found a spot to get out of our kayaks and did some deep water soloing around the rocks.

Today (Sunday) we headed away from our satellite island in the morning back to Rab Island. There a nice little spot presented itself to us to do some deep water soloing. We parked our kayaks in a little cove and braved the spikey rocks for some premium soloing. We kayaked off for bit until we found a tiny beach for lunch that wasn’t inhabited by saggy boobies and man bum.

After lunch we had a long paddle around the end of the island and then back to Rab. And now we’ve crossed over on the ferry and we’re heading south. I am on insect swatting duties (a few buzzy things have found their way into the car) while Brendan navigates the windy roads.

View towards the mainland (Rab Island, Croatia) resize View while kayaking (Rab Island, Croatia) resize

Above left: View of the mainland. Above right: View from our lunch spot.

Above: Deep water soloing on Rab Island.