Monday, 25 January 2010
Monday 25th January
Tackled Abel Tasman today, to get another Great Walk under our belt! Day started with a very choppy ride up to the north of the park by water taxi from where we would walk 30km back to Maratau. Day was fine again and the sea views were lovely, golden beaches and turquoise waters. We had a couple of bays to cross within a low tide window, so the morning was pretty hard and fast...slightly more relaxing in the afternoon.
A rather memorable part of the walk was the noise. One of the native insects (probably a cicada) has just come into season and the noise they make is incredible - to the point of not being able to hear the person next to you talking.
On balance however we preferred yesterday's exploration of Marlborough Sound; Abel Tasman is just too busy! As the most popular national park in NZ it was absolutely heaving.