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Abel Tasmen Nt Park

Port Motueka, New Zealand

Arrived at a camp site just outside of Abel Tasmen Nt park, ideal place...called Old MacDonald's farm...cycled the 40k into the camp with my biking buddies for the last time...we arrived hot and sweaty and jumped right into the river to cool down !

played volley ball in the evening until the sun went down! Oliver had my in stitches with his usual French laugh and stupid jokes while we were playing !!! the fact that Keith was hit in the face twice by his own team mates made it all the more amusing...

Went out in the morning with Paddy and Birgeet !and got a water Taxi up to Bark bay, the most amazing beach I've seen on my travels, we dived right into the water on landing at the beach !

then started our 6 hour walk back to the camp...stopping a couple of times for a swim to cool off !

all got wet feet crossing the "low tide" short cut, Paddy got blisters soon after & carried on in bare feet...I mean who goes on a six hour walk with no socks...

Got back to camp and went for a meal and drinks for the last time as a group !

The following morning we drove up to Picton where several of the gang got of the bus and went their separate ways...we'd had 4 quality weeks the best bits of my trip so far, shame to break it all up, but all good things have to come to an end!

Have been offered a job on the next tour though, as one of the guides, which I've accepted should be a great way of earning a few dollars...and beats sitting in an Office temping...

I've had to sacrifice something else in Australia for that and have had to let someone down big-time...but the lure of a job was to great when Im pretty much skint after over 4 months without working...& its not every day you get offered a job without applying for it, so I couldn't walk awayfrom this opportunity! plus its a pretty cool job touring NZ hiking, camping, swimming in the sea etc...and the occasional sky dive for free wont go a miss...

permalink written by  tomrendell on March 5, 2007 from Port Motueka, New Zealand
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Hi Tom, It looks like your still having loads of fun and sad we have missed out on the ice climbing and more drinking!!! Abel Tasmen looks really amazing. Keep that blog up so we can see what your last few days are like. Say hi to the gang for us

permalink written by  Hannah Bruccoleri on March 7, 2007

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