Green, Blue and Gold: The colours of Abel Tasman

I mentioned my new found weather planning skills in the previous post. Well this lasted for the entire 7 day walk and bike. I decided that I had better re-position this as luck rather than planning skills as Ruth was starting to set weather expectations for our upcoming summer that even God was going to struggle with.


The ferns were amazing, I did not realise how


The ferns and tree ferns were amazing

We covered 65 km of track during our four days which was considerably further than the distance we thought we would walk. Comparing it to our first long walk, of the nearby Queen Charlotte Track, we decided that our fitness has improved remarkably over the last year.

As we have found on all of our walks we met some interesting people but very few of them were local. Our last night was spent in a backpackers on the water. With 17 people on board and being confined to the boat you had little option but getting to know your fellow adventurers.dscf8438

On board the ‘aquapackers’ and getting transported to shore the next morning

The walk was stunning but we rated our first three days as the best. The last day from Anchorage to Marahau did not have the same wilderness feel about it and was also the most section most populated by other walkers, mainly day trippers who could walk in from the car park.

A typical vista from the track

However, that last day had it’s advantages.  We got to enjoy a real coffee at the Park Cafe before the short bus ride back to Kaiteriteri where we pick up the bikes for our bike ride back to Nelson.fullsizeoutput_4f53fullsizeoutput_4f50dscf8445

The rivers and beaches kept us as occupied as the bush


  1. Hi Cliff and Ruth Yep I reckon we can put your name forward to TVNZ  Cliff for the new meteorologist 6pm News -we need a new Jim Hickey ! What a wonderful walk, and 65 kms !!! You guys are so inspirational with the life you are living.  Fit, healthy, travelling, adventurous and having FUN. Love reading of your travels and seeing the beautiful photos – we are so lucky to be living in Aotearoa.So many places to explore. Always a bed for you here in Taranaki should the Pouokai Crossing or WOMAD take your fancy.We are the 2nd best region in the world to visit you know !!! Big hugs to you both from the Girls and ISusan xox


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