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  • Shag Nest next to Split Apple Rock.
    Shag Nest next to Split Apple Rock.
    by Kakapo2
  • Pink manuka variety.
    Pink manuka variety.
    by Kakapo2
  • Manuka has hard lancet leaves.
    Manuka has hard lancet leaves.
    by Kakapo2

Nelson/Tasman Favorites

  • A natural Lesson about the Tides (Abel...

    The Abel Tasman National Park is one of the most fascinating places to watch the changing tides. Of course, this is partly due to those incredible colours of the sand that also change their shades and patterns. Sure, you have changing tides in all other parts of the world. But watching the tide retreat here is like watching a painting develop in...

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  • Marahau - a peaceful Spot at the End of...

    -What you see on the photo here is mostly what makes up Marahau. Some houses and cottages at the end of the world. The road ends here. You must walk or take a boat to get further north into the Abel Tasman National Park. Marahau is the gateway to this gem of New Zealand's national parks.So everything at this place is centred around the activities...

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  • Abel Tasman and the Abel Tasman National...

    -There is no doubt that the Dutch seafarer and explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to discover New Zealand in december 1642. However, at the time, he did not know that he was at the north-western tip of the South Island. He even thought he had landed off a land that was connected to an island south of the tip of South America named Staten...

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  • Where Dreams Become True in Kaiteriteri

    -What I absolutely love about Kaiteriteri is the residential area on the hillsides. It reminds me a lot of the Bay of Islands, especially the area south of Paihia: Opua, where the vehicular ferry to Russel leaves. The road which links Kaiteriteri and Marahau winds up and down the hill, and when once you take a turn into the roads with names you...

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  • Kaiteriteri - Nice Name, Nice Beach,...

    -This is one of those classic exaggerations of travel books and websites: Kaiteriteri - one of the South Island's best beaches...I admit: This tiny town, eight or nine kilometres from the southern end of the Abel Tasman National Park, has a beautiful orangy-golden sandy beach. One of those half-moon shaped beaches. Even two of them, if you consider...

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  • Another Home of the Infamous Sandflies

    No, my least favourite thing!Already on my first visit to Kaiteriteri beach in 1991 I got aware that this is a preferred place of New Zealand's infamous sandflies. So I was delighted that we had a light sea breeze on my last visit because already a light wind means: no sandflies.The beaches on our kayak tour, however, were sheltered, and so some...

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  • The Nesting Shags in the Trees

    -If you go on a water-taxi ride or kayak trip past the Split Apple Rock you will almost certainly spot an impressive colony of pied shags in the canopies of the trees along the shore. The best and closest view is clearly from a boat. From the beach you can also see them but not get that close.As shags - in other countries called cormorants, or in...

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  • The Marine Reserve and Islands off Abel...

    A strange thing is that the marine reserve off the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park is not included in the national park, and visiting boats can moor wherever they want. So the traffic on the waters off the shore can be rather busy in summer. However, since 1993 all life in the northern part of the marine reserve is protected as the Tonga...

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  • The Vegetation of the Abel Tasman...

    After the settlement of the European immigrants the forests of the Abel Tasman National Park were logged and cleared for farming. Now the forests are regenerating, and you would not think that they have not been there forever if you did not know it.However, a closer look reveals that they are young forests. You will not find any of the slow-growing...

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  • Companies Operating in Abel Tasman...

    -You will find quite a lot of different brochures about activities in the Abel Tasman National Park, but if you call the information numbers you will happen to speak to the same person. This is because the Ngai Tahu Maori tribe owns most of the enterprises. (Not: Wilson's.)The disadvantage is that there is not a lot of competition. The advantage is...

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  • little Gem's

    along the way of a 4 1/2 hour drive from Christchurch, via the Lewis Pass, to Nelson. after 1 1/2 hours you pass Hanmer Springs with its hotpools, take a dip or drive on to Mahiua Falls an other hour and have a very refreshing dip in coolish waters, not too bad in summer. done it myself and was quite surpised how refreshing it is after a longer...

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  • a road trip

    trough pretty scenery,between Murchison, Kohatu and Wakefield just driving and taking it all in...for lunch in Murchison I'll call up a longtime Friend

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  • Hamish the white Heron

    Wildlife at Rimu Grove in Mapua Hamish the white Heron at Mapua, the Star attraction. when sitting at lunch..Hamish would come and demand his share..I think he's forgotten to look after himself

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  • Abel Tasman National Park

    Try to spend some time in the Abel Tasman National Park. This is a very special place, where you can do exciting sea kayaking and trekking or boating. Wonderful golden sands on the beaches and a great climate. The seclusion, the beaches and the warm climate.

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  • Totaranui

    If you have transport and time, try to visit Totaranui during your time in this region. It is quite a popular spot for New Zealanders during the summer as there is a very nice motorcamp there, with amenities. You can drive to Totaranui, as it is just out of the Abel Tasman National Park. But you can also catch a water taxi here from...

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