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Wilsons Abel Tasman
Nelson, a quaint town towards the top of the South Island,
is dubbed New Zealandâs sunshine capital. This was good
news because Nelson is also the base for exploring Abel
Tasman National Park, New Zealandâs smallest, at 23,000
hectares, but most visited park. After the adrenaline of the
dolphin swim, I was ready to take on Abel Tasman.
The Nelson-Marlborough region at the northern tip of New
Zealandâs South Island offers a visitor three of the most
appealing aspects of the country â nature at its best in
the Abel Tasman Park and Marlborough Sounds, wine and food
in the countryâs premier wine region of Marlborough, and a
progressive artistic / cultural spirit for which Nelson is
Golden summer days are simply beautiful on the Abel Tasman
coastal walk in north-west Nelson, but the serenely placid,
silver days of autumn are just perfect. I'm sitting in the
porch of Meadowbank Homestead taking in an idyllic scene.
The tide is pushing into the inlet, creeping over the golden
silica sands in a timeless ritual. The sky is deep blue, the
air cool and crisp, the sea a soft translucent turquoise.
"Like in a dream of flying, where you are never quite sure
what keeps you from falling, our yellow kayaks seem
suspended by an unseen hand, floating between earth and sky.
Time and place have crystallised into one of those perfect
moments as we glide over a sea so translucent it seems there
is no water there at all." READ MORE..
Suddenly, right before my eyes, the water seethed and out
popped a slim, black, shiny, bewhiskered head. A young seal
emerged from its morning swim, gave an inquiring glance as
if to ask, "Are you looking for me?" and climbed rather
clumsily out of the water and on to a rock. READ MORE..
What makes the Vista Cruise "State-of-the-art"
New Zealand has a reputation for being the home of extreme
adventures, but there's plenty to do there if you're not
that courageous.I did a two-day trip with Wilson's which
included a cruise up to Totaranui, guided walks along the
coast, an overnight stay at the Meadowbank homestead - a
replica of the Wilson's original family home - and kayaking.
Wilson's have trips of longer or shorter duration, and the
whole experience was one of my personal highlights. READ
Late morning on a cloudless autumn day and we are suspended
on an aquamarine plain between land and sky. Itâs a
kayakerâs nirvana - exploring a pristine coastline of
granite headlands and coves of golden sand,with a backdrop
of hills cloaked in emerald green. One of the most appealing
attractions of Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park adventures
is they combine natural beauty and aerobic exercise with
comfortable accommodation, delicious food and tasty wine.
Better yet, you donât even have to know how to kayak
before you start. READ MORE..