Walking the Abel Tasman, New Zealand

In the year that we live in Australia the rich cuisine and its exotic, allergy-inducing pollens were not kind to our bodies. Or perhaps it was the 60+ hour work weeks we imposed on ourselves for 11 months. Either way when we showed up to New Zealand with plum bodies in far from optimal condition. Besides that, the weather forecast was pessimistic. So I fought my urge to jump straight into the mountains and decided to head for the gentle shore at the far North of the Island. We would walk the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.

The track (trail) is 50 kilometers long and takes most people 4 or 5 days. We walked its entirety plus a 10k detour, taking in numerous beaches, coves, and playful sealc colonies. Along the way we met an array of Europeans and a few packs of rabid sandflies. Luckily, the weather was cooperative and our┬ásore legs didn’t complain much. It was a very enjoyable and an agreeably easy introduction to the great walks of New Zealand.

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Scott Dusek is a writer and photography originally from Seattle, Washingon.

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