Friday, 8 January 2010

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman is New Zealand's youngest National Park and is named after Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman who was the first European to come to New Zealand, but he was driven away by the natives. Shame he never got to set foot on this beautiful spot, he missed a lot!
There are no roads going through the park but there is a coastal path and water taxis run backwards and forwards to take you to the beginning of your walk and pick you up at your destination. A great way to travel! Although called water taxis, they're large and more like ferries. It was fun to walk along the path and amazingly beautiful. The colours are vibrant and quite different to anywhere else I've been. Not surprisingly the area attracts lots of artists who are keen to share their work and I've enjoyed visiting art galleries and admiring the creativity!