We planned on going to the very famous Abel Tasman National Park, famous for kayaking, tramping and seal-watching. (Abel Tasman was the first European explorer to explore New Zealand). There are many different ways to explore the national park – kayaking or taking a water taxi or simply walking. We kayaked for 3 hours, spent some time swimming at the Anchorage Bay and then walked back to the starting point (Marahau). Needless to say, the park is very scenic.
The day today demands to be spent in the most lazy and relaxing way possible. And that is exactly what Abel Tasman offers. Start your day by soaking yourself in Cleopatra's Pool. A short distance from the Abel Tasman Coast Track, between Torrent Bay and Anchorage lies this beautiful natural rock pool, which is perfect for couples looking for some cozy time. Later, it's time for the beach, where you can choose to spend the entire day lazing around and getting wonderfully tanned. Or you can spend a few hours doing some light activities such as kayaking at Torrent Bay or cruising to the Kaiteriteri.Activities for the day: Visit Cleopatra's Pool, opt for kayaking or cruising on the Torrent Bay.Cost: A trip to Cleopatra's Pool won't cost more than 100 NZD or Rs.4,700 for two. Kayaking and cruising tours start from 148 NZD or Rs. 5,000. Alternatively, you can also just chill on the beach all day long or take a walk along the most famous coastal park in New Zealand.
From icy rivers and alpine mountains, it's time to ride north, past some of the most stunning scenery that New Zealand has to offer. Drive past routes with wind-swept beaches, stark sea cliffs dropping into the thundering ocean, and a mist that descends over the alps hugging you on the right. Navigating this thin strip of land between the ocean and mountains is as crazy as it can get. Driving further north, through the stunning Buller River Gorge, you come to the Abel Tasman National Park. It's a long tiring ride between Fox Glacier & Abel Tasman National Park, almost 14 hours on the road. It's best to start early and once you reach, just relax and soak your tired bodies in some hot water in the hotel.Activities for the day: It's best to just rest after a really long day on the road.Cost: The price for a bus from Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman is around 145 NZD or Rs. 6,700 per person. If you wish to drive down the distance, you can rent a car. The cost starts from 100 NZD or Rs. 4,700 per day.Where to stay: Kimi Ora Eco Resort (Rs. 9,000), Split Apple Lodge (Rs. 12,000). You can check out more options here.