Wanaka / West Coast / Abel Tasman
Thursday 9th of October we departed Wanaka, Hunza, Bobby and I in two cars loaded full of gear, we hit the road north through the Haast Pass to the West Coast of the South Island. That afternoon the alternator on Bobby’s van shat out, with the help of some local dudes we got the car to our intended campsite where we met up with some friends we all knew through Cardrona. Now one car down with three guys we were in a tough situation, but with the generosity of an Italian girl Gaby she took me aboard to join her on the road up to Nelson, we found ourselves doing our own trip yet camping at the same sites Hunza and Bobby were, which was a pleasant surprise. Gaby and I visited a number of different lakes, rivers, coastal tracks and the large gorge at Hokitika, pictured here.
We arrived in Nelson on Sunday and camped the night at the Maitai valley motor camp, far out of the way of the hustle and bustle of city. Monday I hitch-hiked across to Motueka on Monday and met up with friend, Essi, we had coffee and hung out in town, then spent the afternoon washing her Subaru GT Legacy and cruising around taking photos at nice places for when she sells it, after the drive she dropped me in Marahau at Gitta’s place on the hill overlooking the bay, all the way across to the Abel Tasman national park.
I’ve been chilling out here with a cool and varied group of people and constantly meeting new people, we had a very loud night of drum and bass with no sleep, then regathered myself and hiked into the national park for the night, 12km into the beautiful coastal track i arrived at Anchorage Hut where i set up camp and relaxed in paradise. Some other friends i know through Cardrona had paddled kayaks into the national park and were also staying in the same bay, Rob and Siany, the couple i also ventured to Ohau with many weeks ago(see archive). Early to bed, early to rise, i was on foot this morning and made it back in 2 hours, arriving at the Park cafe just after 11am and treating myself to a pint, carrot cake and a big brekky. This same cafe is where Hunza and Bobby will be cheffing for summer and it just so happened i caught up with them again while eating here, they gave me a ride back up the hill to Gittas.
Tomorrow Rob and Siany are heading to Picton early to catch the ferry across to Wellington, i think i’m going with them, very excited to keep moving, i’ve done what i came to Marahau to do and now it’s time to keep the ball rolling and check out some new places, even if it is a city, i’ve heard its all good :)
many more photos to come.