Photo Diary: Abel Tasman National Park

Once I found myself on my own with a week to kill before starting a job in Wellington, I decided to head back to Nelson. I had only passed through before, but it seemed like a good place to get my footing and do some relaxing. And it is also the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, which was a big thing that we didn’t get to do on our way through the first time.

I found myself back at Prince Albert Backpackers and booked myself a full day cruise and hiking tour of Abel Tasman. I got picked up around 7am for an hour drive to Kaiteriteri, where I would get on an open air boat for a 2 hour cruise before getting dropped off to hike. Not going to lie, despite my many layers, I was freezing and wanted nothing more than for the boat cruise part to be over. Until I realized that the majority of people were getting dropped off other places or not at all. So whatever tour I had signed up for, I looked to be doing it on my own.  The boat driver pulled up to Medlands Beach and basically said a boat would pick us up from Anchorage Beach 4 hours from now. Luckily, there was a Chinese girl also walking this route. We hiked together for a bit, but quickly realized we had different paces, and I really wanted to do the detour to Cleopatra’s Pool. So I broke off and went ahead without her.


The famous Split Apple rock


I wanted to go swimming so bad, but it was actually freezing out.


My lunch spot.


No shame in selfies when the scenery is this pretty, and there is no one to take a picture of or with you.


It was a little unsettling at first to be walking completely alone through this huge park that resembled pre-historic times. I only passed two other couples in the entire 4 hours. But I quickly grew used to the sole company of beautiful scenery, my own thoughts (which mainly consisted of a Katy Perry song stuck in my head thanks to our limited music selection on the road trip), the sound of my breathing and footsteps, and the occasional rush of a waterfall or cry of a bird.

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