New Zealand Photo Diary & Travel Tips – Nelson incl. Abel Tasman National Park
we’ve experienced so many wonderful things the past days here in New Zealand that I finally wanna tell you about them today. We spent two days in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park where we had no wifi and still enjoyed the situation 😀 Today I wanna show you our pics and give you a few travel tips for Nelson as well as for the Abel Tasman National Park 🙂
We flew from Auckland to Nelson with Air New Zealand. New Zealand has a North and a South Island, hence, flying makes definitely sense. You can also take the ferry to Nelson. However, I cannot recommend that because flying is just much more comfortable and also saves you time.
Nelson is a really beautiful city. Hence, you definitely need to visit Nelson when you’re in New Zealand.
A restaurant which we visited even twice because it was so good is the restaurant Boat Shed. It is directly at the harbour and from the terrace there is a nice view over the nearby sailing club. I recommend you ordering some seafood there (the shrimp salad is amazing) and definitely some cheesecake with berries as dessert 😀 Because it tastes soooo good 🙂
What To Do
If you have some time in Nelson have a look at the City of Nelson. Nelson is really wonderful and there are many nice stores, good restaurants etc.
I’m not a fan of museums but the World of Wearable Art museum was even my taste 😀 You can findmany great designer fashion pieces there which are partly totally crazy but all totally cool 😀
It is also worth stopping at the sailing harbour of Nelson which is really beautiful 🙂
ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
The Abel Tasman National Park is one of the most stunning national parks that I’ve ever seen 🙂 The park is huge that it is definitely worth spending a few days there.
We spent one night at Abel Tasman Marahau Lodge. This sweet hotel isn’t very luxurious but really nice. And you even get served breakfast to your own room in the morning 😀 From there you can also walk to the park and many places like the water taxi or kayaking place are just in walking distance.
The second night we had a really cool accomodation: Aqua Packers near Anchorage Beach. I’m usually not a big fan of backpacker hostels as I don’t like sharing rooms with strangers. The Aqua Packers offers shared rooms but also single rooms (with either one large or two small beds). The special thing about this accomodation is that it’s on a boat. For dinner there is a great barbecue on the boat where you meet many cool and interesting people. I for instance had the best conversation on the boat with people from many different nationalities 😀 Hence, I can really recommend staying there for at least one night.
What To Do
Abel Tasman National Park is great for hiking which I really love do to. Hence, bring some good shoes and explore the park via foot.
Then you might see such dream beaches like this one 😀
Another great way to explore the park is doing some Kayaking. We booked our tour at Abel Tasman Kayaks which I can really recommend. The guides are really amazing and it is super fun going kayaking in a group of about 10 people. Our tour took almost the entire day. Hence, you can imagine how my arms felt afterwards especially since we were the only entire girl group 😛 But it was definitely worth it and I would do this tour anytime again!
Via Water Taxi you can get from one island to the other if you don’t wanna walk the entire time. Because it would definitely take you a few days 😉
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Abel Tasman National Park is Anchorage Beach.
From Anchorage Beach there is a great hike to the Cullans Point Lookout from where you get to enjoy a lovely view over the beach. This hike takes only around 40 minutes and it is already great to do it as a workout 😉 We did the hike right after our kayaking tour, hence… 😉
To sum up I can say that Nelson as well as the Abel Tasman National Park are simply beautiful! Therefore, I can definitely recommend you visiting both 🙂
As you can see we really enjoyed the time in mother nature. Have you ever been to Nelson or the Abel Tasman National Park? Or would you like to go there someday?