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June 2019

An Easter adventure on the South Island

Abel Tasman and Nelson


This blog is a little overdue as it's all about our Easter adventure to the South Island's Nelson region. We had nabbed ourselves a GrabOne deal for a 3 day self guided tour with the company Wilsons and it turned out to be a great deal!

Day 1:  Nelson to Torrent Bay
We were picked up by the Wilson’s crew from our motel early in the morning ready to start our walk along the easiest section of the coastal track from Marahau (the entrance to the national park) to Torrent Bay.
We were treated to views across Tasman Bay to Nelson.
Along the way we did pretty much every little side track leading to pristine bays, beaches and caves, often to collect a geocache or two! We also came across many very tame weka that previous hikers have obviously been feeding.
We got to Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beachfront, late in the afternoon.
It was the Wilson family’s holiday home and has loads of interesting history.
We had a lovely three course meal with the rest of our group and all got to know each other a bit more which was nice.
Everybody headed to bed fairly early after a long day of walking. I think with all the side tracks we did about 18km but thankfully the elevation was never more than 110m so very different from our Everest Base camp hiking days!

Day 2: Torrent Bay to Awaroa
We had a lovely breakfast to set us up for the day’s scenic walk to Awaroa.
After breakfast we all got to make our own lunches from a huge selection of fillings, snacks and fruit etc. There was no way we were going hungry on this trip! The day’s walk took us through a varied section of coastal track winding through shady gullies of mature Beech forest, fern grottos and groves of Manuka overlooking coastal vistas.
We got to cross the swing bridge at Falls River.
Geocaching along the way meant that once again we took a few detours.
Late afternoon we arrived at Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa.
Another delicious 3 course meal was served whilst we chatted to the other hikers. We ended up chatting to a couple that live just a few kms from us (and have caught up with them since our return home)! Another earlyish night after around 20km of walking.

Day 3:  Awaroa to Nelson
We had to get a boat across the Awaroa inlet to the track to start off the days walk as it was high tide.
Once again we walked through forests and along beautiful golden beaches but today’s walk was much shorter and we got to our final destination, Totaranui, with plenty of time to relax and eat a leisurely lunch before boarding the ferry to travel the length of the granite coast, back to Kaiteriteri.
Then it was back on the coach to head back to Nelson.

Day 4
We began the day by visiting the morning market and ended up buying some gorgeous goats milk soaps for the bargain price of $20 for 5 from Purple Kiwi Soap (check out their Facebook page!). They smell divine and are are eco friendly having no packaging and no palm oil, just lots of natural ingredients. We then explored Nelson in our usual way by geocaching. This took us all over the city and to the middle of New Zealand which also happens to be a great lookout over the city.

Day 5
We woke up to a gloomy, rainy day so we checked out of our Airbnb as late as possible and got a taxi to the WOW and classic car museum. The WOW costumes were stunning and I'd love to go and see a WOW show in Wellington in the future after seeing this display.
The museum also had an extensive collection of classic cars and we spent quite some time wandering along aisle after aisle before finally heading to the airport.
We ended up going with the intention of chilling out in the koru lounge to avoid wandering in the rain when we were invited to get on an earlier flight. We jumped at the chance. And there ended our South Island adventure.

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