Last week we grabbed $9 tickets to Nelson for a brief getaway. Believe it or not, this is our first time stepping foot in South Island after having lived in NZ for 17 years…shameful I know. We were there for two days and an evening. The weather was forecasted for thunderstorms but thankfully it held up for most of the trip. One of the greatest attractions of Nelson is the many National Parks they have, particularly the famous Abel Tasman. It was simply stunning, not only because of the enormity of the park – there are at least eight bays ( keep in mind though this is already New Zealand’s smallest National Park) but also because of the strictly golden sand and clear turquoise waters. The bush walks between each destination also had beautiful scenery points.
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There are many water transport providers available for exploring the Abel Tasman. We went on the Wilsons cruise for a 2-hour bush walk from Tonga Quarry Beach to Medlands Beach, and seal watching at Tonga Island. The Split Apple Rock! Naturally split like so. Seals, seals!