Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Fireball Road / Abel Tasman NP

Dan was headed back to Christchurch today so we just had a quick spin up to Tantragee Saddle and down the Fireball Road tracks. They were not as sketchy as I thought they would be and was able to ride them all.

As usual it looks worse on the bike than in the picture

Helen decided she had had enough of riding so she went for a tramp in Abel Tasman NP, walking the first day of the coastal Abel Tasman Great Walk Watering Hole bay. This is a very easy walk with a great track and very gentle inclines and descents as it climbs over headlands and descends to beaches. The bush and the beaches are spectacular with great views across to a couple of the islands offshore. Unfortunately as it was a public holiday and the weather was hot and sunny, so it was incredibly busy with hundreds of people on the track and lots of motorboats, jet skis etc.. offshore - so there was a continuous hum of motors in the background the whole day. I tried to find a nice secluded beach to go for a swim to cool off - but all the beaches were packed with people and kayaks....

There were lots of kayaks out on the water - I think next time I would like to explore the area by kayak, a different perspective, but at a less busy time of year, when there is less chance of being run over by a motorboat.

Beautiful forest and beaches of Abel Tasman NP

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