NZ road trip – Day 17 – Abel Tasman National Park – Nelson 

After an early night due to the cold and the sand flies, we arose for some brekky, mine being eggs and beans on toast. We nearly got away with staying the campsite for free until a lady came inspecting the cars. She then tried to charge us double but we pulled a sob story and got away with the normal price. 

We then headed towards the Abel Tasman Track which is around 56km in length and would take 3-5 days from start to finish. We decided to do a walk in the morning then set off around late morning to Nelson. The first look out point was Skinner Point and the colours of the beach and water blew me away. What a view! 

We then proceeded to Goat Bay (named after a few people I know) and took a breather on the beach for 20mins. The trek there was very up and down and a nice work out. Again the water was stunning, nice and calm and perfect for a brave dip. The sand was perfect. This honestly was one of the best beaches I have seen.

We then headed off to a little town further up north names Collingwood, named after that useless AFL team in Melbourne. There we stopped off for a coffee, sandwich and free WiFi. A quaint little town and like Takaka it was very hippy and chilled out. We then headed off down to Nelson for a night before heading south the day after.

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