NZ road trip – Day 16 – Nelson – Abel Tasman National Park 

After doing some admin in Nelson, we set off early after breakfast to Takaka Hill. The plan was to park the campervan and do a little hike up to the top which would take about 90mins for a round trip. My word what a day we had picked for it. As we arrived the day was clear and the sun was shining. A few clouds in sight and very mild. Perfect weather for hiking. 

At the very top of the hill is an antenna which was the aim. As we made our way up the views all around us were stunning. We knew there would be a great 360 degree viewing over Abel Tasman Park. When we reached the top we weren’t disappointed. After catching my breath as I’m horrendously unfit I started snapping away. I must admit it felt good.

After stopping off in Takaka town for a spot of lunch we then headed to our campsite in Abel Tasman Park called Totaranui Camp Ground. Along the way we stopped off at Pohara beach to grab a photo. It was a great beach. The sun was starting to settle so the reflection on the water was much to my liking.

We arrived to the camp via a dirt track which was windy for about 13km and was a relief to get there. As we had about an hour before the sun went we nipped to the beach by the campsite and it was pure bliss. Golden sand, perfect coloured water and no one there. The only mare was the sandflies. As we started cooking food for dinner we had a great sunset in the sky followed by a clear night to star gaze. 

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