NZ2012 – 12th Jan – Nelson & Abel Tasman

***Reminder – This text was written back in 2012, at the time of the trip. Adding to Blog today!!***

12th Jan. Day 12…..

KM’s today = 131.
KM’s this trip = 1,763.

After a frustrating Day 11, we were looking forward to a more relaxing day today, combining a gentle cruise, a 2k walk, and loads of sun. Alas, we woke at 6.30 to find yet again the rain pouring down. We arrived at Kaiteriteri, at 8.50, donned our Kag’s, and jumped aboard the mini cruiser.

Shot up the coast in choppy sea’s, breakfast still where it should be at this point, seeing beaches, seals, and all types of things on the way.

We reached Tonga Bay after a couple of hours cruising, and jumped ashore for a picnic lunch, and to start our hike. The first part of the hike was almost vertical, climbing and climbing till we were in the clouds. Views were breathtaking over neighbouring mountains and bays. At this point, the sun was shining and the only wet to worry about were the drips from the trees.

Reached Medlands Beach, the pick up point at 2.30, ready for the cruise back to Kaiteriteri. Hopped ashore, all food still where it should (just) and jumped in the car, hot, damp, dirty, but happy with a great day, considering 24 hours ago we didn’t even think we would make it.

Showered, did a bit of washing then into Nelson town centre for a spot of tea!!!

Went to a restaurant called Ford’s. Food was awesome, Suzanne had Scallops then Fillet Steak with Garlic Scampi, I had Duck Wraps then Pork Belly with walnut salad. mmmmmmmm. Great food, great conversation, as we head into our final week in NZ. Driving to Punakaiki tomorrow, with Pancake Rocks and Blowholes to be investigated!!

Fun in the Sun...no wait, rain

Fun in the Sun…no wait, rain

Waiting to board

Waiting to board

Waiting to board

Waiting to board

Split Apple Rock

Split Apple Rock

Kayaks in the Mist

Kayaks in the Mist

Just after drop off

Just after drop off

The long climb up

The long climb up

Up in the Clouds

Up in the Clouds

View from the top, overlooking one of the bays

View from the top, overlooking one of the bays

Err...a bridge

Err…a bridge

Last beach, waiting for our ride

Last beach, waiting for our ride

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