Team Goatz soared as only a land-bound mammal with a strange sounding shriek type call can into the start of another year.
For the GoatZ this means a hike on one of New Zealand beautiful trails.
The chosen one this year?
The Abel Tasman Track
Nelson – Bark Bay
Departing from Nelson we self drove to the start of the track in a quaint little coastal village of Marahau.
The drive through from Nelson took 1 hour.
Marahau is made up of classic kiwi batches, dairy, pub and information centre.
The BFT drove his automobile brilliantly, finding great voice to a series of hip-hop classics much to my delight.
The Able Tasman Track is one of New Zealand’s famed, ‘Great Walks’.
What this means is the huts on the track during the Great Walks season (start of October through to the end of April) have hut wardens, running water and gas for cooking.
They also have camping sites with separate bathroom faculties.
The track its self follows the coastline through the Able Tasman national park.
Its a relatively easy hike in terms of hill climbs with just a couple of large climbs of note”.
A few highlights of day one saw interaction with Weta bird’s on the track.
The Weta being one of New Zealand native flightless bird species.
Views out to beautiful bays with pleasure crafts parked up around the islands.
A refreshing swim in a river pool surrounded by beautiful trees.
The selection of green natives at this pool was outstanding.
This dream type scene was only enhanced by the angel like splashing and frolicking in the river pool by team Goatz.
I enjoyed the smiling tree which I captured an image of in the hopes that it will inspire smiling from this post’s readers.
Being a ‘Great Walk’ the track is clearly marked and easy to follow.
Much like the powerful stride of the BFT on a mission to his camp site.
On the way to which we past through little villages within the national park.
Accommodation can only be reached by the track or by boat.
Enjoy the isolation of these special places.
This time of year they have positive energy associated with the number of people wearing spirits rejuvenated by the holiday season.
Bark Bay is where we parked up for the night shared this spirit.
Much like a giant sand bar with a few trees on it. We found a site for our tent and had a walk around the area.
Boats were parked up, literally as when the tide descends boats are leaved ‘beached as’ .
A great spot to be parked up for a night and the lads enjoyed food and a tranquil sunset on the sandy beach.
Zen moments after a great day on our pins of swiftness.
Bark Bay – Totaranui camping ground
We awoke to what can only be described as a gorgeous summers day.
Items of clothing were selected for comfort, style, climate and task at hand.
Fair to say we looked like male runway models set for a day of applause as we walked the track.
Some standouts from day 2 were some of the incredible sandy beaches that our hooves were fortunate enough to grace.
I would go so far to say as these are some of the best beaches ascetically speaking in NZ.
The views looking down from the track to the water and beaches at times makes one feel they are in a tropical destination.
This speaks to the great diversity of the landscapes in New Zealand.
One can expect to enjoy plenty of this therapeutic sound.
A boardwalk of one of the beaches also stood out.
Looks so cool and fun to walk over some of the native swap and streams.
Another incredible location where one can actually stay at a lodge with a cafe, restaurant and bar within the national park.
The area is known as, ‘Torrent Bay’ and the accommodation I speak of here is called Torrent Bay Lodge.
There is a beautiful big sandbar here.
The colour of the ocean water is special.
A bunch of activities are also on offer here.
We would have loved at this point to swing by for a coffee, lunch and perhaps sandbar beverage.
There is however a natural gateway that we had to cross before the gate closed.
A huge tidal channel.
The Torrent Bay estuary 700 – 900meters in distance between one side of the track and the next.
Get the timing wrong and you could find your self wading in water above your belly button up to your shoulders for the distance of this channel.
Team Goatz got it right.
A few area’s of water crossings in there but not deep.
We went dry here. In terms of drink at the bar and the channel crossing.
Worth noting if you do the Able Tasman and get the timing wrong you have 2 options.
A bypass route which will add 3 kilometers to your hike this day or park up at the cafe and bar till the next crossing when the tide recedes.
An attractive option while bush.
We spend the night at a camping hot spot up these ways.
A large camping area.
We were in the tent for night 2.
Right beside another awesome beach.
We ran into a few friends.
Shared a few beers and certainly had few cares after a great day outdoors.
Totaranui camping ground – Wainui Bay
Wainui Bay (track end) return to Nelson
Day three is the hill climb day and it didn’t take long to get started.
The views at the various points are worthy of the efforts made by a hiker.
With the first lewis back out the way we had hiked over the previous days.
Then later the new landscape of the top of the west coast line emerges.
This day is a little different to the previous 2 in that you don’t spend your time crossing many sandy beaches instead you view them from the hills.
We finished the track but didn’t finish walking. We continued along the road as attempts to hike began.
After an additional 7kms we choose a spot that got a little more traffic than that of just the other hikers finishing up.
We got a ride with a free-spirited young lady who worked at Torrent Bay Lodge.
Worth noting she was gorgeous and angel like due to picking up the weary lads. We got a ride with her through to Takaka.
Takaka is a small town with a lot of character and a chill energy to it.
We enjoyed a delicious feed at one of the cafe’s there.
Here we awaited our transport by way of ‘My brother shuttles’ which is the name I give to transport when it is my Bro literally driving through from Nelson on a roadie to collect us.
He is a top freaking human.
The drive from the end of the track back through to Nelson is 126Ks and expect it to take about two and a half hours.
I suggest a stop over in Takaka to refresh and chill.
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