Jan 15- Thur. After very tight connecting
flights, we arrive in Nelson where we are transferred by car to Marahau.
During our ride, we follow the coast (through Mapua, Motueka, Kaiteriteri) and
see farming of hops, kiwis, fruit trees and olives. We transfer to the
Aqua Taxi owned and operated by Kevin. But first he has to pull us out into
deeper water with his tractor. Once in deeper water, we are swiftly
delivered (20 minutes) north within the Abel Tasman National Park along
Anchorage Beach, site of Kanuka Hill Lodge-our home for several nights.
The Lodge, situated on the hill overlooking the bay, is barely visible from the beach.
Jo and Franjelica (South African) are our hosts for the
Jan 16 - Fri. We enjoy breakfast and prepare for
our kayaking trip. We meet on the beach around 9:30 and were on the water
within an hour. We paddle north up to Bark Bay where we find a small
seclude beach nearby and pull in for lunch. The afternoon winds started to
pick up on our return trip so we hoisted a giant sail and rafted back for a
quick, wet ride. Before dinner, we walked out to Pitthead Lookout toward
the outer side of the bay.
Jan 19 - Sat. Today we made the overland trip to
Bark Bay in the morning. We stopped for lunch along the trail and spent an
hour enjoying the beach before our water taxi, driven by Kevin, showed up to
deliver us back to Anchorage.
During the evening the bay becomes very quiet. We enjoy
dinner with a Sitka couple and turn in early since we will be leaving the next
morning, reversing the same means of transportation in which we arrived: taxi,
car, and airplane.
On to Dunedin