I did it again. The Abel Tasman Coastal track. 15 years after I had done it for the first time. It’s still as beautiful as I remembered it: Golden beaches, crystal clear blue sea, with a backdrop of regenerating bush.
But it’s a lot more busy than it was back in 2002. And I also noticed that the vast majority of people belong to two distinctly different groups of tourists: 20-somethings doing a multi-day walk, and older people in their 50s and 60s doing day trips. What they had in common though is that most of them were from overseas.
Over Waitangi weekend, Gregor joined me, and I then completed the rest of the walk by myself. But not really by myself, as I’ve explained above.
Te Pukatea Bay – Abel Tasman at its best:
Beautiful sunrise on the next morning:
Boats anchoring at, well, Anchorage:
Gregor on the mud flats of Torrent Bay:
My picturesque camp spot in Tonga Quarry:
My Abel Tasman tramping boots:
It was an excellent walk, with good weather most of the time and the sandflies and mosquitos weren’t too bad. If you’re seeking solitude, it’s the wrong place. But if you’re after spending some time on the beach, it’s an excellent choice.