Abel Tasman National Park

Located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island, this national park in New Zealand is definitely a must do specially when you are in Nelson. I availed the full day trip package from Nelson for NZD 67 which was absolutely worth it. Details below;

When we arrived in Kaiteriteri, the bus driver directed us where to get the boat ticket. It was through Wilson’s. A small fast boat and it was full. At least 20 people in there. 

We made a quick stop to this big split rock and the seal colony where we got to see quite a few cute seals. 

It was a beautiful day although it was a little cloudy. 

When we arrived in Anchorage Bay, I was the only one they dropped off so apparently I was the only one doing this package! Well, it’s the cheapest package! Then I was left alone in this island which was quite nice. The boat driver told me I can do the Anchorage loop for 1 1/2 hour before I head to Marahau. I am however anxious about the time so I only went to Te Pukatea Bay which took 30 minutes walk going and back. 

Still alone in the island, I took photos before I headed my way to Marahau using my gopro, thanks for the app I can use as remote control. 

And selfies of course! 

At exactly 11am, I started tramping. So here we go, 4 hours to Marahau. 

I was literally alone but it wasn’t scary instead I found so much sanity walking alone with the mother nature. 

First stop was the Watering Cove, it was definitely worth a stop. 

Super clear water and I had it all for myself. It was so peaceful and I felt so isolated. 

As I continued my journey, there were lovely views on the way. 

Then there’s Apple Tree Bay which I checked out as well. 

There were few creeks along the way and the sound of water is relaxing.

It wasn’t until halfway when I started to come across few people who apparently started where I’ll finish. After 2 1/2 walk, I felt tired but at the same time relieved that I’m closer to Marahau lol. Then I saw the sign 55 minutes to go, woohoo! 

Finally, I reached the end of the track.

I did it! At least 13km walk in 4 hours. 

My feet and legs were sore but it was a good pain.

Accompanied by these birds while resting. 

Until my bus arrived and there I fell asleep on the way back to Nelson. I was beat but feeling accomplished. 

This definitely is one of the most beautiful trips I’ve done.

World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum

I’ve never been this amazed to a museum. Located in Nelson, New Zealand, this museum is devoted to wearable art and classic cars. I paid NZD 24 to enter and I must say it was super worth it. 

Before I went in, I stopped at their cafe and had a cup of cappuccino for NZD 4.50 which is an average price. 

You’ll be impressed right when you entered. Lots of interesting items before you even in the actual museum. 

The wearable art costumes are unbelievably amazing. No words can describe how well the talented artists created these. 

I can’t help but stare.

They even have glow in the dark costumes. 

I love classic cars and they have an amazing huge collection of them.

If I live in Nelson, I’d purchase the VIP pass for NZD 55 which will allow you to visit all year. πŸ™‚

Hawke’s Bay Region, NZ

Hawke’s Bay is the renowned wine-producing region in New Zealand but I went there on the first weekend of August which is still winter and unfortunately, it was raining most of the days I was there. 

Napier is a coastal city known for art deco. I stayed here for 3 nights with the hope of visiting the nearby towns but then again it was raining. I got couple hours of sunshine before I had to leave though so that’s something. 

I got to visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand which is not that big but this is where I got to see real kiwis for the first time. I watched the cute little penguins being fed and I saw some interesting creatures. They also have a huge squid which I think is better than the one at Te Papa Museum in Wellington. 

I like Napier’s Marine Parade which has the tree-lined waterfront promenade. 

I visited Arataki Honey which was so cool specially the Bee Car. LOL

Of course, there’s the famous Cape Kidnappers which was closed for the winter. Got some nice photos though. 

I went to Te Mata peak but it was just okay for me but maybe this place is better when it’s not winter. 

And the rest are just beautiful random photos taken along the way. 😊

Hawke’s Bay region is definitely a place I would want to go back to after the winter. Nonetheless, it was nice to see it even though I was stuck in the hostel for couple days. πŸ˜‰

Matiu/Somes Island Weekend Gateaway

Matiu/Somes Island is only 20 minutes ferry ride from Wellington Queens Wharf. A roudtrip ticket cost NZD 23 per person. 

The first ferry on the weekend starts at 10am which we took.

We rented the Education House for NZD 200 which can occupy up to 10 people. It’s a beautiful 3-bedroom house, a fully equipped kitchen and has stunning harbour views. You can make a reservation here; http://www.doc.govt.nz 

Since it’s winter, it’a cold and unfortunately, it started raining after we got settled in which lasted through the night so we were pretty much stuck in the house all Saturday. I spent time coloring instead. 

And stayed warm with my cute Kathmandu thermals.

Blessed with a beautiful Sunday, we finally got to explore this little island. 

According to DOC  this Matiu/Somes Island lighthouse was the first inner harbour lighthouse in New Zealand.

Love this super clear water!

That was a great escape. It felt like you are isolated yet the city is still within reach. Overnight or day trip, this island is a must to visit. 

A roadtrip marking my 1st month in NZ

When I arrived New Zealand on June 15th, I got to go on a really nice roadtrip in Wairarapa Region on my first weekend; https://iamryshel.com/2016/06/20/my-first-roadtrip-in-new-zealand/

And after completing a month, I got to go back to Wairarapa Region on July 16-17. This time, I visited Castlepoint. 

Castlepoint is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast about 2 1/2 hours drive from Wellington Central. 

Blessed with a beautiful weather although it was chilly and windy.

I got to see one of the most beautiful sunrises along the Castlepoint Beach. 

Before heading back to Wellington, we swung by at West Wind farm located in Makara. 

Spent few minutes at Wellington Botanic Garden but since it’s winter there wasn’t much flowers. 

Next stop was Shelly Bay where I once again felt in peace. It was just so relaxing here.

Finally, Mt. Victoria before heading home. 

What a productive, wonderful weekend. One month in New Zealand has been completed, 5 more months of NZ  adventure to go. Thank you Lord God. πŸ™‚