Over 5 hours of driving in pouring rain brought us from Greymouth to Marahau. The small village is the “Main entrance” to the Abel Tasman National Park in the north of New Zealand's South Island. We had already chosen a campsite, but there to get a place, you had to book a water taxi or a trip to. Since you best comes with a water taxi anyway in the National Park, we immediately booked a trip for the next day. The weather forecast predicted sun, we could use also good for our planned hike. And in the evening the weather was better to happiness. After 2 weeks of rain it was now finally enough with the bad weather.
The next morning we greeted us with blue skies and sunshine and the water taxi took us from Marahau a few bays on to the beach of Tonga Bay. From there we started our hike through the National Park. About bridges and narrow paths we walked through the forest to the Torrent Bay, where we first stopped for lunch. Since just was low tide, we were able to take a short cut through flat but take quite cold water, then made a trip to the Cleopatra pools and wandered on to Anchorage Bay. Here we were waiting on the beach to the next water taxi back to Marahau.

We left the Abel Tasman National Park behind us and went on towards the next destination, of the City of Nelson. Stop we made in Richmond, a small town halfway between the National Park and Nelson. We had planned to stay only one night here, but Seppel yourself a cold had caught and that's why we were even the next night here. He had probably taken away on the water taxi which, for as the wind was blowing us all good to the ears. After two nights in Richmond it was feeling better and we continued our journey to Nelson. Surrounded by woods and mountains we walked along the Maitai River and up to a lookout point, where we had a beautiful view of the city. In the afternoon we drove back continue. Next, we wanted to in the Marlborough wine region.