Hey, the sun is coming back today and the timing is nice for me. Marahau is situated next to the Abel Tasman National park. It’s a famous place where hundreds of tourists come every summer and even every year. At this time of the year now, the track is certainly much less crowded, a good opportunity for me to visit it today :-) I won’t do all the track because I would have need at least two days but I could walk simply one hour and come back. It’s better than nothing so Let’ go!
I’ve realised this morning that I was maybe 300m away from the entrance of the park. Maybe I could find a better place somewhere around. Anyway, my bike is locked and I’m ready for the visit :-)
This is the “kiosk” entrance with the main in formations about the track and the park.
Ok so, how far can I go this morning? “Apple tree bay” 1h30. Well, that’s suits me. It’s a bay front of the biggest island. I could some good landscapes from there.
Let’s go :-)
The smallest island is there and we can see already a part of the biggest one behind the coast.
Some people jump in the water to write many thing. This one is one of many creation along the track. Natural Graffiti :-)
This is the one :-)
Apple tree bay, still 1h30 and it’s still OK for me :-)
The first part of the track was nice.
Everyone touch the water is a loser!
Hmmm, nice :-)
This track, THIS track is perfect for cyclist like me! It’s wide, smooth. Why it’s not allowed to use a bike here in winter time? Rah!
I’m getting closer :-)
Another panoramic viewpoint.
A baby waterfall :-)
Roh!so perfect for a bike here!
Ahaaah! The big island :-)
No, this one is the tiny one.
Still the tiny one.
The track is really nice :-)
We are walking like a snake.
And the big island now :-)
Yes, I like this track.
Oooh! Nice, very nice. I think it’s “apple tree bay”.
Yes it is :-)
Arrived onto “apple tree bay” video.
Big island viewpoint.
I’m passing backstage.
Not fast enough…
Ah OK but it was 2s timer only. I took 3 times the same picture before to understand what was the problem… With 10s it’s much easier ;-)
I thought I could eat an apple here but nothing. That’s pine trees and not apple trees.
Maybe they call it simply “apple” for “pomme de pin” in French.
Sorry, I don’t have any food.
Transparent water but certainly cold. I don’t want to try…
The plants around.
And I quit the place now to come back to the car park. I’ve got 35 km only to go Motueka but I don’t want arriving too late.
This is coquille bay.
Ho, the tide is quite low now.
Those don’t understand haha ;-)
haha, and I understand how they write these rocky words now : when the rise is low. Smart guys!
And the last part of the track.
I like this one.
Totally different landscape than 2:30pm ago.
So, I’ve took my bike again and I’m going now toward Motueka. Here that’s Kaiteriteri, a small place certainly crowded in the middle of summer.
I feel like I’m in Fréjus :-)
Two days ago, I took the road on the right. Today I came back by the coastal road to make a loop.
So now, direction east (my left hand side).
The good surprise of the day! Thomas and Shanna, we met us in Napier! They contact me 3 weeks ago to tell me that there were in Motueka for 2 more weeks. Today, I knew that I was late and finally no! I was cycling, there were driving when they recognised me. Cool! That’s a good surprise. I’ve almost finished visiting south island and they just start. They worked 3 months in Motueka and now they are rich ;-) NZ is so small in fact!