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.