Nelson – South Island

Last heard, Anil and Nelson had moved to the South Island and were visiting a place called Nelson. He sent me a few photographs, but for some reason they haven’t been opening on my system.

The guys reached Nelson on a Saturday and spent the first day roaming around the market. The Saturday market is supposed to be very popular and is filled with artists and craftsmen. Nelson’s supposed to be bustling with artistic sensibilities. The guys paid a visit to the World of WearableArt and Collectible Cars Museum. On Tuesday, they set sail for Abel Tasman National Park. The park is apparently renowned the world over for its beautiful beaches.

Anil pre-booked a Wainui Hut. I’m not sure if that’s a kind of hut or it’s just a name for the hut, but the Wainui Hut is a four bunk Standard hut which comes with heating, mattresses, water supply and toilets. Anil and Rishi took time exploring the coast track, which is roughly a 50 km stretch. They travelled from Marahau to Anchorage and from Anchorage to Bark Bay all in one day, which is around 7 hours together!

The Park is supposed to have loads of activities and there’s plenty to choose from.

Post their park exploration, the boys headed back to the main city and spent the next day visiting Farewell Spit on a safari. A bird sanctuary since the early 1930’s, Farewell Spit is home to 90 bird species. Anil sent me a list of the birds along with photographs, but again the images can’t be opened.

From Farewell Spit, the boys travelled to the neighbouring town of Takaka. More on that later.