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… from Mount Eden to Mapua

We flew from MouHousent Eden Village to Nelson yesterday and after a bit of hassle with (amongst other things) hire cars, we arrived later than planned at our luxury (definitely) 5 star apartment in Mapua, just South of the Abel Tasman National Park. Our hosts Peter and Clare could not have been more welcoming and the apartment more spectacular. Had Claire have known about the World travel guide, I might have thought that the home baked bread, fruit bowl, wine and everything we needed for  breakfast was a misguided sweetener – but none of it, they are just a delightful couple who take a deal of pleasure sharing their wonderful home with guests.

With Peter and Clare’s recommendation we set off this mKayaking in Abel Tasman New Zealandorning early (yes we had to get up at 06.30hrs and that can’t be right) to  go sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman: After about a 45minute drive we went through the usual safety briefings as one might expect and were off paddling by about 09.00hrs. the steady paddle took us about 3 hours to reach Waterng grove from Marahua Bay and after a cup of coffee (provided) we went back by water taxi, then took ourselves off to Kaiteriteri for lunch and spent the afternoon on the beach.

However, this was no ordinary beach as when the tide began to go out the reason for the danger signs became clear as the water from the estuary continued to rush down to the sea forming a natural water plume and by 14.00hrs the warm rushing water was full of adults and giggling children that sped down the inlet to the sea on anything from boogie boards to beach balls to be dunked unceremoniously in the (much colder) sea and caught in the inflatable boom that separates the Southern end of Kaiteriteri beach from the rest, where water sports are allowed.  

Well I know what you’re thinking and yes! we did join in, but not until our lunch had gone down and a bit late to enjoy the experience to the full so… we’re going back tomorrow!


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