So after a few weeks of high octane activities its time to have a little rest 🙂 We left Queenstown for Nelson, where we picked up a car and drove to the Abel Tasman National Park; the smallest one in New Zealand. Still avoiding camper vans, we checked into a little eco lodge nestled in the rain forrest, with the only the sound of bird song to be heard.
Dinner was very different for us, as it was served ‘convivial style’ which meant Odie had to be nice to people ! But it was fun, even though we had the obligatory loud American for a night.
We spent a couple of days walking; we took the water taxi north up the coastline then walked back down through the forest tracks, snatching glimpses of the amazing coastline as we went.
One of the walks we did crossed five beaches, all of them empty as there is no vehicle access. You have to walk or go by boat.
We also walked along the Riwaka to its source at the Resurgence but generally took it easy. And with that our two days in Abel Tasman came to an end and we headed out the next morning.