Day 22 – Abel Tasman National Park to Nelson

After a lot of hiking the day before and no early morning bus to catch it was a chance for a lie in. After checking out and leaving our bags at The Barn we set off, once again, into the Abel Tasman National Park. Having walked the coastal track the day before we chose to head up to Holyoakes Clearing for some spectacular views. Walking through the forest we found the Silver Fern, thanks to this name card, which is the National Emblem of New Zealand.

The Silver Fern - National Emblem of New Zealand

tall tree ferns and lush forest in Abel Tasman National Park

After walking through this beautifully lush forest for about half an hour we discovered the Tinline Walk was in fact a circular walk and found ourselves back on the main path. It wasn’t a total waste of time as we did get to see this rather amazing spectacle created by the morning sun and the overnight dew.

first morning sun burning of the overnight dew on a tree-fern

Further up the main track we found the right path up to Hollyoakes Clearing with an estimated hiking time of 5 hours. People we had spoken told us that you didn’t have to get to the top for amazing views and that there were actually better view points on the way up that weren’t blocked by trees. Sure enough about an hour up we came across this view.

taking a break to admire the view back towards Nelson

A little higher up we could look down on Sandy Bay & Marahau, where the Abel Tasman National Park begins.

Looking down on Marahau at the entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park

Couldn’t get enough of views like this. Deep blue sea with snow-capped peaks in the background.

couldn't get enough of this view with the snow-capped peaks in the distance

panorama looking out to sea from the Abel Tasman National Park

an island in the sea

We hiked up for about two hours and then turned around. The hike back was much quicker and back at the Barn with a few hours to kill before the bus back to Nelson we pulled out some bean bags and just lay on the deck in the sun.

sunset across the bay as we arrived back in Nelson

We arrived back at the Paradiso in Nelson just in time for the free soup at 6:00pm before hitting the sauna again to rest our weary legs.


About Rory Alexander

Ever growing blogger that spent 2 years in living in China, then 6 weeks backpacking around New Zealand and is now back home in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
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One Response to Day 22 – Abel Tasman National Park to Nelson

  1. Jim Brickett says:

    Rory – what amazing images and a great adventure you are on. I’d love to see these places! Thanks for taking me there!
    Best Regards

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