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.
We got up early and packed the tent and by 7 am we were driving towards Awaroa. The weather was suspiciously grey considering the weather forecast which was for sunshine and happiness.
We weren’t put off though and drove down to the water edge where we unloaded the kayaks and packed our copious quantities of food into them. We set out across the inlet with the water still coming in. Once we left the inlet it began to get a bit choppy with some swell. Ari did not like this one bit so she paddled like a maniac not wanting to stop for a rest.
The grey was a bit oppressive and it wasn’t like the Abel Tasman day that I’d hoped for. Still we went and checked out shag harbour which was nice and at one point the sun poked out from the cloud.
Continuing on we decided not to land at Tonga Quarry as it wasn’t that warm and instead we kayaked past Tonga Island looking at the seals on the way past.
We pulled into Mosquito Bay and set up camp. The weather began to improve. We had a nap and by the time we were finished the sand was looking that amazing golden colour that it should. The water was back to its amazing colour too.
We walked along the beach for a bit and saw an oyster catcher family with two babies.
1) We were surprised to find low cloud and mist as we drove into the Abel Tasman National Park. It had been a sunny morning in Takaka. We parked at the Awaroa Inlet carpark and set off in the kayaks from there.
2) We made it to Mosquito Bay in the early afternoon. Ari had not enjoyed the choppy wavy sea on the way. The weather began to improve a bit as we set up camp and had something to eat.
3) By the evening the weather had improved dramatically and the golden sand was looking good.
4) I took some early morning photos of the stars.
We headed past the supermarket in the morning and got some yummy breakfast things which we ate below the pohara sea cliffs. After our fruit and yoghurt treat we did a couple of climbs. We climbed the 16 with the bell which Ari liked and then another short one.
The beach was calling so we went off to Ligar Bay and had lunch on the sand. A nap crept up on us and then it was off to the Taupo Point car park. We walked around the rocks for a bit and then hung around in the evening sun planning the next few days.
An hour before it got dark we decided to go for a short kayak out to the islands off Tata Beach. The evening sun created vibrant colours great for taking photos.
We had left the spray decks at the camp so were kayaking without. A wave caught Ari on the way out and we got to try out the new pump.
1) We climbed at the sea cliffs doing the 16 with the bell at the top. The holds are good and it’s an enjoyable climb.
2) Ari did the same climb.
3) Ari abseiling down from the top.
4) After climbing we went and had lunch at Ligar Bay and napped for a bit then later on we drove to Wainui Inlet and went for a walk around towards Taupo Point.
5) On the way back to the car we decided to test out how muddy the lagoon was. Quite muddy was the answer.
6) In the evening we made a snap decision to go kayaking out to the Tata Islands. It was nice although we had left our spray decks back a Hang Dog so we had to be careful not to get water in the kayak. There was a bit of a swell in places which Ari didn’t like too much. We saw the sun set as we were kayaking.