Welcome to Nelson! Pretty stunning right? Nelson is lucky to not only be located the geographical centre of New Zealand but to also have three of our most incredible national parks right on our door step. Today, I thought I would tell you a bit about the Abel Tasman National Park. Located about an hour north-west of Nelson, Abel Tasman does not disappoint.
Here, inviting sandy beaches fill the spaces between trees and tide line. Crystal clear streams tumble down mossy valleys to join the ocean. Granite and marble formations fringe the headlands, which are cloaked in regenerating native forest.
At Te Puketea Bay, a perfect crescent of golden sand, a walking track leads up Pitt Head to an ancient Maori pa (fort) site. Terracing and food pits are still visible, and it's easy to see why the location was chosen as a defensive site - the views are huge.
Native wildlife is an essential part of the scenery. Tui and Bellbird song fills the forest; shags (cormorants), gannets and little blue penguins dive for their dinner; fur seals lounge on the rocks around the edge of Tonga Island.
Come in, grab a car and head over to the Abel Tasman. Whether you're there for the day or on a multi-day tramp I'm sure that you won't be disappointed.
Before you go, check out this epic video from my mate, Bare Kiwi, a local filmmaker and explorer.
See you soon,
Video by Bare Kiwi on YouTube