Cycling Tour in New Zealand, Day Tasman

November 22 Tuesday, Motueka

Day Tasman map

Sea shuttles on the beach at Kaiteriteri Today we hiked in Abel Tasman National Park. The A. T. Sea Shuttle picked us up from the hostel in a van to take us to their water taxi at the beach at Kaiteriteri. We rode the boat to Torrent Bay, hiked the coastal trail back to Marahau, and caught a bus back to the hostel. (Cost: $22 for van/water taxi plus $9 for the bus.)

The beach at Kaiteriteri This is another view of the beach at Kaiteriteri.

Split apple rock You pass Split Apple rock shortly after the boat leaves the beach.

Sea shuttle under way After slowing at Split Apple rock for a photo opportunity the shuttle speeds up for the rest of the way.

Sue sitting on a bench at Torrent Bay It was low tide and we had to wade ashore from the boat at Torrent Bay. Here's Sue drying her feet before we start the hike.

Looking out on Torrent Bay from the path We took the path that skirts around the edge of the bay.

The flats at low tide There's a path that takes a shortcut across the flats that is only available at low tide.

Cleopatra pool The Sea Shuttle flyer claimed it is a four-hour hike but it took us about six and a half hours including a half-hour side trip to Cleopatra Pool, shown here.

Stream in Tasman NP Fortunately it is not a challenging hike and the stunning scenery made it all worthwhile. The weather was cool and partly cloudy.

Looking down through the water in a stream You're looking at those rocks through a foot or two of water. It really is that clear.

Vista in Tasman NP

Vista in Tasman NP

Vista in Tasman NP

Streams in Tasman NP

Kayakers Kayaking is popular in NZ.

Overview of the coast and closeup of flower

A stiltwalker reflected in tidal puddle on beach An English couple out birdwatching told us that that's a stiltwalker.

The ocean looking through the trees

Our hostel in Kaiteriteri After returning to the hostel (see Sue's photo at left), we went to a store in Motueka and bought bread, Weet Bix, and bananas. Dinner was excellent at the Mooring restaurant. After dinner we wandered around town for awhile. We stopped in a "Warehouse" store and bought greenstone jewelry for Mom and my niece Anna for Christmas. We talked with a young English couple at the hostel.

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