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New Zealand Adventure
19th Mar 2018
Day 18 Sunny boat trip along Abel Tasman National Park

Early start as picked up by coach at 07:50 for  journey to Kaiteriteri which is a small seaside village where most excursions to Abel Tasman NP start.  We had a relaxing 3 hour cruise up to the northernmost point of the rainforest. As the boat called in at several small beaches people got off to hike through the rain forest to the next stop and catch another boat back. Some people were even camping overnight.

On the return trip we went up on the open deck. Beautiful sunny day (22c) but very breezy! Didn’t see any dolphins and only a few fur seals but a nice relaxing trip. Had a few hours to kill when we got back to Kaiteriteri whilst waiting for the bus so took a short hike up to Kaka Point. Ate our packed lunch with a spectacular view. Wandered back down to the beach for a cuppa then caught bus back. 

Asked the driver to drop us in Nelson rather than at our hotel so we could do a brief tour of the city.We saw the memorial gardens ( but not the Botanic gardens, where there is a plaque stating that Nelson is the middle point of NZ).The shopping area where there are many arty shops and shops specialising in woollen wear was next, fortunately most of them were closed as it was after 6pm. We also saw the cathedral from the outside and I must say it is the ugliest cathedral that I have ever seen, but it was built with local stone from a quarry we saw in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Then we had a meal in a restaurant offering Guinness that attracted B’s eye. Got a taxi home with a really scruffy driver with a long straggly beard. He was a chatty guy and is taking us back to Nelson tomorrow to catch the bus to Picton for the beautiful trip between the South and the North Island. Our north island adventure starts tomorrow and the blog is up to date!!



Next: Day 19 Nelson South Island to Wellington North Island
Previous: Day 17 March 18th Lake Tekapo to Nelson by m/h and plane


Diary Photos
19th Mar 2018  Front of Hotel Mercure Monaco
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19th Mar 2018  Split Apple Rock
Allegedly the most photographed rock in NZ!

19th Mar 2018  Deserted beach with rainforest backdrop
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19th Mar 2018  Large boulder used as target practice for NZ navy
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19th Mar 2018  Viewpoint from one of the coastal rainforest walks
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19th Mar 2018  KAITERITERI BEACH WITH OUR BOAT
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19th Mar 2018  Lunch break with great view from Kaka Point
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19th Mar 2018  Is there an easier way?
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19th Mar 2018  Trisha after trekking through the eucalyptus forest
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19th Mar 2018  Honeymoon cove - looks delightful
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19th Mar 2018  Memorial gardens in Nelson
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19th Mar 2018  Ugliest cathedral in the world at Nelson!
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19th Mar 2018  Main restaurant street in Nelson
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19th Mar 2018  Our country cottage- a little cluttered with luggage
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19th Mar 2018  The enormous bathroom!
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