ABEL TASMAN AND PICTON

5 Oct

It has been a while since I posted. Finding good reliable wifi can be tricky sometimes. I’ve crossed to the North Island, but here’s a brief entry for the end of the South Island Journey.

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
After Kaikoura, I made my way to Kaiteriteri in the Abel Tasman National Park. Just like every other national park here, they got awesome hiking trail that I’m totally not interested in. I did do the kayak and walking trip and it was a nice day out although I will be kayaked-out for some time now. It’s really beautiful out in Abel Tasman, blue/green water, clear sky, white sandy beach.

Torrent Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

Torrent Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

Split Apple Rock, Abel Tasman National Park

PICTON The last stop in South Island. Was supposed to be here to cruise the Marlborough Sound and dive the (famous?) Mikhail Lermontov but both got cancelled so I cut short the stay by a day to make time for Coromandel Peninsula later. Anyways, managed to squeeze in a day of winery tour with Na Clachan and a short Queen Charlotte cruise. The winery tour actually pretty good, where we went to 7 cellars, had about 6-7 wine tasting per cellar. The Marlborough region is famous for the Sauvignon Blanc, which happen to be one of my favorites first introduced by a dear friend years ago. I started drinking wine since 11am and when I got back to my room at 5pm, I crashed immediately till 8pm. That’s a good Friday out!

Yealands Vineyard

Yealands Vineyard

That concludes South Island. 22 days, 4,060kms driven, 1 speeding ticket, ~3.5GB mobile data consumed, lots of fish and chips, seafood, steak, lamb, thousands of photos, an incredibly time and something I hope I would repeat sometime in the future.

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