Friday, 31 August 2012

Abel Tasman

Our first stop on the South Island was Marahau – Abel Tasman. This is one of the South Island’s most popular locals for sandy beaches and beautiful coastline. Our accommodation here was Old MacDonalds Farm. We stayed in small cottages overlooking an alpaca field. Many ducks and a rooster greeted us in the morning looking for any breakfast leftovers we may have had.

We had a beautiful day to do the Abel Tasman Coastal Track and stopped at many great beaches along the route. We collected about 4 lbs of mussels at one stop and all helped in carrying them on the track. Later we prepared them with white wine, garlic, and butter. They were the freshest saltiest seafood we've eaten.

We have a great crew on the bus: Italian, Swiss, Aussie, German and Dutch. Friends for life!

A view from the track. You can hire water taxis to take you to many parts of the coast. It is a large track and so that is the best way to see it all.

Jeff and Sara cleaning the mussels.
Our human pyramid. Can you spot the Canadian Geese in the back ground?? Now we know where they vacation...

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