I had the urge to leave Nelson on Friday evening. I threw some things in the car and drove to Marahau. Shortly before 8pm I started walking into the park arriving at Coquille Bay in the dark. I pitched my tent on the sand above the high tide line and spent the evening taking long exposure photos and enjoying being away. It as an amazing evening followed by an amazing sunrise the following day. A good little get away.
Above: I walked into Coquille Bay and pitched my tent on the beach. It was a beautiful moonlit evening.
Above: I woke up to an amazing sunrise.
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.
We left Mosquito Bay in sunshine as the tide was coming in. So as to see Sandfly bay at high tide we skipped Bark Bay and headed straight across to the bar of sand that hides the entrance to the lagoon and river mouth of Sandfly Bay. It was a nice mix of blues and greens as we kayaked up and under the bridge of the Abel Tasman track.
We headed back out and then kayaked into Frenchman Bay where we stopped for lunch on the beach. The tide had turned so we jumped back into our kayaks before being stranded and kayaked towards Te Puketia. There was a bit of swell crossing to Te Puketia which Ari didn’t like too much. We sat on the beach for a while before heading around to Watering Cove which was our campsite for the evening.
1) We left Mosquito Bay in the morning and kayaked South. The tide was right so we visited Sandfly Bay and kayaked up the river. It was beautiful only disturbed by the occasional motor boat.
2) After having a break at Frenchman’s Bay we kayaked across to Te Puketia. Ari didn’t like this at all due to the swell. I was less concerned.
3) We stopped at Te Puketia for a while before kayaking the rest of the way around to Watering Cove.
4) We set up camp in the sandy patch above the beach.
5) We found iron sand while walking on the beach in the evening.
6) We went for a walk to get fresh water from Anchorage in the evening.
7) Another clear night.