Abel Tasman Southern Loop

Torrent Bay from the Abel Tasman Inland Track

Abel Tasman Southern Loop

We kept it pretty close to home this time and headed into the Southern end of the Abel Tasman National Park for a quick overnighter along the Inland Track.  Starting at Marahau along the coastal track, we swung a left just past Tinline Campsite, up to Holyoakes shelter and then on to Castle Rock hut where we camped overnight (5 hours from Marahau). The next day we returned via the track heading towards Anchorage, lunched at Observation Beach (4 hours from...

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Sea Kayaking the Abel Tasman National Park

Sea Kayaking the Abel Tasman National Park

Sea Kayaking the Abel Tasman National Park

On a fine summer weekend we're spoilt for choice for adventures, so we decided to head North for some sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park. The forecast was perfect - sunny, with light winds, with no swell. We wanted a relaxed weekend rather than a mission, so started from to Tōtaranui with options of heading a few Kms South to Awaroa Bay and North to Mutton Cove and Separation point. The last time I was here was in the Winter...

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Lockett Range and Mt Cobb Tops

Traversing some of the rocky outcrops along the ridge of the Lockett Range

The Lockett Range and Mt Cobb Tops

We made the most of great weather over the New Year, and headed into the Cobb to traverse the Lockett Range and Mt Cobb tops of the Peel Range. As usual, the Kahurangi National Park didn't disappoint, and we enjoyed a superb few days exploring the glaciated lansdscape. It was one of those trips that makes you realise how many other many other possibilities there are up there, and makes you want to go back again and again.

We began with a...

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Mount Fell and Mount Richmond

Towards Johnston Peak 1647m and Mount Richmond 1760m - Tinytramper

Mount Fell and Mount Richmond

In the Nelson area we are spoilt for choice on weekend overnight tramps. For a great workout and spectacular views we decided on a quick up and down of Mount Fell and Mount Richmond. It is definitely a weekend that should be on your to-do list if you enjoy a long climb, and views from the tops. There are a couple of hut options - Richmond Saddle and Mount Fell, and you can make a circuit of it or do an in-and-out the same way. We parked at Timms Creek...

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Big River Track – Waiuta to Big River Mine

The Big River Track from Waiuta - Victoria Forest Park - Tinytramper

The Big River Track - Waiuta to Big River Mine

This weekend's hike took us South West into Victoria Forest Park. If like me, you haven't heard of it before, it is roughly sandwiched between the Nelson Lakes National Park to the East, and the Paparoa range to the West. The nearest town is Reefton. There are lots of walking tracks in the park, and we walked the 'Big River Track' from Waiuta to Big River.

We chose this track because it is pretty low elevation (we didn't fancy...

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Hacket Track and Whispering Falls

The Hacket Track

The Hacket Track Whispering Falls

Winter served up a rather damp weekend, so we made the most of it by taking a local walk in the Mount Richmond Forest Park along the Hacket Track to Whispering Falls and Hacket hut. We returned via the disused Chromite Mine Track. All up, with an hour-long lunch we took 5.5 hours but no doubt in summer you would want to spend longer as there are plenty of opportunities for river swims and exploring.

Getting...

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