Finishing up My Time on the South Island

I’m down to my last two days on the South Island, and if I were a gambling man, I’d bet good money the North Island can’t top my time here.

Yesterday started with a visit to the Tauranga Bay Seal Colony. These seals were so cute, laying out in the sun. The adult seals clearly wanted to just relax, but the little ones had other ideas, and it was funny to see the adults keep reprimanding the little ones.

The seal colony is right down the road from Cape Foulwind, so descriptively named by Captain Cook, who in 1770 tried to land here but kept being blown back out to sea. It had looked like I would be visiting both of those sights in cold & rainy weather, but once again the skies cleared as I got in the area, continuing my awesome luck with weather here.

The afternoon drive inland through the beautiful Buller River Valley was rainy, and there were some pretty big rock slides in certain areas. It certainly made the drive a little nerve-racking.

The skies had cleared by the time I made it to Kaiteriteri, near the Southern border of Abel Tasman National Park. I was even treated to a beautiful sunset after spending much of the day driving through the rain.
I didn’t have Abel Tasman National Park on my original itinerary, but after being told so many times that I couldn’t miss it, I found a way to squeeze it in. The park is famous for it’s golden sand beaches and turquoise waters. 
The park is also a hiking park with few roads. You take a shuttle boat to a certain point and they pick you up at another point later in the day. I did a 4.5 mile portion of the trail and it was taxing, but beautiful, with views that make the effort worthwhile. 
I have a whale watching cruise booked tomorrow in Kaikoura, the it’s a ferry to Wellington on the North Island Wednesday. 

One Response to “Finishing up My Time on the South Island”

  1. The beach at Abel Tasman…wow. And I don't like the beach!

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