NZ Journal Day 14 (11/22/16): On our last big day exploring South Island, Clara and I tackled an epic portion of Abel Tasman Coast Track, hiking from Totaranui Beach to Separation Point. Our hike started by crossing an estuary at low tide, then following the circuitous trail as it rises and falls with the coastline. The stark contrast between Abel Tasman’s pristine golden-sand beaches and rocky lookouts high above the sea, and where we started 14 days ago in the midst of South Island’s alpine region, is only fitting given the overall diversity we’ve experienced these past two weeks.
A Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) dries its wings after a swim in beautiful Anapai Bay. This portion of the Abel Tasman Coast Track uses Anapai Bay’s postcard-like beach to span the gap between two sections of jungle track.
Clara expertly navigating the perilous Mutton Cove. Actually, this is pretty much the most peaceful place we’ve been on our trip, with ankle high waves casually washing ashore bits of jellyfish and shells.