Abel Tasman National Park
So basically we chose to go to Abel Tasman National Park [up on the top of the South Island] because Tanya wanted a little R&R which we knew we weren't really going to get elsewhere...being that we were doing a pretty massive roadtrip with some epic long drives ahead. What better place to chill out than along the beach in the sunniest part of the country! Not that we we actually going to sit on the beach or anything...
New Zealand is known for their intense hikes, and it's not like maybe in the states where you can just pick up and go out for a couple hours- no, their hikes are MULI-DAY DEATH TREKS. Well to us out of shape folks anyway, but seriously, their famous hikes sound awesome until you realize what a multi-day hike really is. Anyway, we weren't going to attempt that baloney, but instead walk from our little beachside home through the woods to the next little checkpoint of sorts. We had a day to waste, so why not! It also gave us an excuse to go on a shopping spree at REI.
So with this new found ambition we found out the next checkpoint was...8 miles away. Sounds easy enough, so we got our stuff together and headed out.
Sorry I'm just getting around to posting these now, I have a hard drive full of awesome New Zealand photos that I have to share! We're actually going on our honeymoon v2.0 in a couple months, so I figured I should get the rest of these out of the way first...makes sense!
At the end of the day we sat and had a beachside awesome meal and watched the crazy tide go out and the tractors try and save all the boats getting stranded out in the ocean. First time I've ever seen a tractor way out where the water just was...kind of scary actually. Once we got home, we downed some much needed Tylenol [ow. hiking.] and slathered on Aloe [being on the bottom of the world somewhat = sunburning easier] and conked out. Goodbye Abel Tasman National Park, more exciting and deadly places to come!