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.
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.
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.
A little higher up we could look down on Sandy Bay & Marahau, where the Abel Tasman National Park begins.
Couldn’t get enough of views like this. Deep blue sea with snow-capped peaks in the background.
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.
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.