The close of the tour around the South Island is the area around the Abel Tasman National Park.
The short trip of 230ks only leads again on windy roads through the mountains. If you want you can stop at New Zealand’s longest swing bridge and have a walk. I wanted.
I pitched up my tent in Motueka.
A nice little ride leads along the white beach of Sandy Beach to a small lagoon. There you can see the Split Apple Rock.
During the high season between December and February this area is packed with tourists, now it’s quiet and nice and you can enjoy everything without any stress.
One of the few things on my to-do-list was kayaking and hiking in this National Park. You can get a combination of both here. First your paddling 10ks or so on the open sea, including a coffee break on an island and a visit at a seal kindergarten. Then you can hike the way back from Arthur’s Bay. You’ll hardly find anything more relaxing.
At the end of my trip around the South Island I was invited to my travel guide Greg and his family. What a wonderful stay it was, you won’t find nicer persons anywhere.
Greg took me an a ride to Golden Bay and to the Pupa Springs.
And of cause we had a beer in New Zealand’s oldest pub.
I rode the last kilometre on a narrow road along the sounds straight to the harbour in Picton and took the ferry to Wellington again.
Now the west coast of the North Island is to be discovered. And I look forward to doing this – I got loads of good tips from Greg again. 🙂