10/25/2014: Hike Abel Tasman Coast track

Our day started in Momorangi Bay and ended in Marahau.  We had arrived at the Momorangi Campground in the dark after a long ferry ride so we had no idea what to expect as we drove the north coast of the South Island of New Zealand.  I forget how many houses that we chose for our next residence but I had to take my shoes off so that I wouldn’t lose count.  The natural beauty was spectacular but the highlight was the best fish and chips ever in Port Nelson.

When we arrived in Marahau, we had no idea where we would stay but found open camping at “The Barn”.  It backed up on Abel Tasman NP and afforded easy access to the coast track.  When you are used to hiking in the dry chaparral, walking under tree ferns never gets old.  And turquoise water?  I don’t care how cold it is, the color is stunning.

We’ve heard that Marahau can be crazy in the summer time, but it was serene when we were there in late spring and we felt like we had the whole park to ourself.  We hiked as far as Apple Tree Bay which ended up being great foreshadowing for tomorrow.

The Barn
The Barn
Marahau Valley with our camper van in the middle ground
Marahau Valley with our camper van on the right
the bridge over Sandy Bay
the bridge over Sandy Bay
Horseback riders on Sandy Bay
Horseback riders on Sandy Bay
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Looking over turquoise water to snow capped peaks
Water clear enough to see rays swimming
Water clear enough to see rays swimming
Phalacrocorax varius ssp. varius (Pied Shag)
Pied Shag (Phalacrocorax varius ssp. varius) oblivious to us on the trail above
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Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) feeding
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fiddleheads of the silver fern (Cyathea dealbata)
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Blue Mussels (Mytilus edulis) just like the ones marinating in the refrigerator
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Walking under the silver ferns of the Abel Tasman Coast Track

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