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Jan 09
2015

Abel Tasman

At first we planed doing the whole Abel Tasman track in 3 days instead of 5 days. 60 km in 3 days seems OK because the track considered to be very easy and flat, but after few days of trekking without much rest we shortened the track. The camping sites remained the same, only that we skipped the start and the end of the track. The middle, between Anchorage Bay and Totaranui is probably the most beautiful part of the track.

We took a water taxi to Anchorage. While waiting for the water taxi we found a place to weigh our bags. Mine was 23.5 kilos and Maya's was 13.5, a "little bit" more than I thought.

Abel Tasman Track Abel Tasman Track

Although we thought it will be a short day, we started the first day with a side track to the Pitt Head lookout. It's a short walk,1 and a half hour return, and the view is amazing, but that made our day longer than we planned and the weight wasn't helping.

Pitt Head Lookout Pitt Head Lookout

Pitt Head Lookout Pitt Head Lookout

Pitt Head Lookout Pitt Head Lookout

There also a short section (40 minutes walk) that can only be crossed on low tide. We didn't want to wait so we took the longer way which adds 4 km. It turned up to be a mistake. We git to the end of the D tour in the same time we could get there without walking the extra 4 km and speding the the ime on the beach. The only advantage was the Cleopatras pool side track. Only 10 minutes from the D tour trial the Cleopatras pool is a great place to chill. Bring your swimsuit!

Cleopatras Pool Side Track Cleopatras Pool Side Track

Cleopatras Pool Side Track Cleopatras Pool Side Track

Abel Tasman Track Abel Tasman Track

Abel Tasman Track Abel Tasman Track

Abel Tasman Track Abel Tasman Track

Abel Tasman Track Abel Tasman Track

Abel Tasman Track Abel Tasman Track

Abel Tasman Track Abel Tasman Track

We slept at Bark Bay campsite. It was low tide when we arrived, and cloudy in the morning when we left, the beach didn't look like a nice beach to swim in, only when we finished the track and passed this beach on a sunny day with high tide we saw it was actually a beautiful beach.

The second day was mostly cloudy but it didn't bother us too much. We walked slowly up to Awaroa because we had to wait for low tide to cross this section of the track. The low tide was at 18:49 and it's recommended to pass the section between 2 hours before and after the low tide.

Abel Tasman Track Abel Tasman Track

We waited patiently while other people were crossing this section barefooted. The sign stated that the walk to our next camping, Totaranui, will take 2 hours and 20 minutes. At 18:15 we decided to start walking because we didn't want to arrive too late to the campsite. After a few minutes walk we understood that we have to take off our shoes anyway. Feeling dumb, we took off the shoes and crossed. It took us a few minutes to dry our legs and put on the shoes again, once we finished this section, which took us about 30 minutes, we saw another sign stating it will take us 2 hours and 20 minutes to the campsite. What!? That made us very unhappy. A lot of bad energy was redirected to walking faster and after a 20 minutes walk another sign stated a 50 minutes walk to the campsite. Well, it took us about 45 minutes to get to the campsite. The DOC times were not consistent in this track.

The third day was dedicated to laying on the beach. The water taxi took us at noon back to our car. I think I can give a good tip for this track, don't plan it as a track, plan it as a day in the beach, a short walk every day and allow half a day on the beach. You can also shorten the track, the views are very similar and the most beautiful beaches are at the middle of it.

Totaranui Beach - Abel Tasman Track Totaranui Beach - Abel Tasman Track

Even though we carried a lot of weight and walked more than we planed it was an excellent track. Highly recommended on a good sunny weather. Another important tip, there are a lot of sand flies, take a good flies repellent and wear long clothes when it's not too hot.

4 tracks (7 days in total) in 9 days are too much for us. I think that after a month of traveling we finally got into shape and got into the rhythm of this trip. We are planning to take it easy and rest more.