New Zealand is a beautiful country with a fascinating history and rich culture. Both the North and South Island offer jaw-dropping views, famous wineries and hospitable locals. While on the South Island, we took a day trip to the Abel Tasman National Park from the neighboring town of Nelson.
We wanted to hike along the park’s coastal track, which covers about 32 miles and takes three to five days to complete, but we settled on a four-hour half-day hike. From Nelson, a short bus ride took us through vineyards and lush hills and valleys. Next, a water taxi took us to our starting point (we even spotted some native blue penguins on the way): a serene beach. From there, we began our hike through the lush park, taking in breathtaking vistas (like the one above) and listening to the chatter of native birds, such as the tui, bellbirds, pukeko and fantails. If you enjoy the outdoors, Abel Tasman National Park is an great place to hike, kayak, sail, bike and relax on its golden beaches. A trip here is one you won’t forget.