|Our "three hour tour" with Wilson's was more successful than Gilligans. |
Their boat pulled right up to the beach to drop us off and pick us up.
Abel Tasman National Park is named for the Dutch explorer of the same name who was the first European to visit New Zealand. The year was 1642 and Tasman thought he was near Argentina at the southern tip of South America. Unfortunately for Tasman and his crew, he landed at an agricultural site of importance to the Maori. Fighting and bloodshed followed leading Tasman to name the area Murders' Bay. Three hundred years after Tasman's discovery, the area became a National Park and Murders' Bay is now known by the much more welcoming and marketable name of Golden Bay.
|The appropriately named Fan Tail bird.|
|Split Apple Rock and Tonga Quarry Beach|
|A few dolphins, including a Mom and baby, skimmed along the water next to our boat.|
|Ferns cover much of the park, surrounding the trails above and below...|
|with their patterns repeated in shadows at our feet.|
|One of the attractions for seaman to the area was the availability of fresh water.|
|Maybe being castaways for a day or two wouldn't be so bad!|
If ever you find yourself in the vacinity, we highly recommend taking one of the boat tours offered by Wilsons Abel Tasman