12.26.2009 - 12.29.2009 0 °F
Before heading down the South Island, we stayed a night in quaint Greytown with Margaret and Michel. Margaret is the aunt of our friend Josie. We met Margaret and Michel and Jay & Josie’s wedding in the UK last May. They were kind enough to take us in for a night and make us dinner before we headed off to the South Island. They had so many suggestions of must-sees in the area that we told them we’d be back! I’m so happy we had the opportunity to get to know this great couple!
I was dreading the three hour ferry from Wellington to the South Island. Almost everyone we met had a horrific story about the ferry ride across the turbulent Cook Strait (where the Tasman meets the South Pacific). Of course after all the build up and fear, it was calm. Brett captured the Queen Charlotte Sound as we approached Picton.
We headed to Abel Tasman National Park for kayaking. Abel Tasman is jagged coastline and sandy beaches between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. Most of the park is only accessible by boat or hiking trails. We spent two days out on the water sea kayaking and camping. I think it is our favorite adventure so far. We went out on the sea with three other couples plus a guide. We kayaked around the marine reserve, camped on a secluded beach, saw so many interesting birds- including blue penguins and had seals swimming up us while we were in the water. A very cool experience!
A few neighbors at Margaret & Michel's
Ferry to the South Island
Local sculptor at Abel Tasman
Kayaking at Abel Tasman