Abel Tasman National Park is a "must" stop when you do a tour in the Southern Island of New Zealand and you have multiple ways to discover it.
As we did not have enough time to do the great walk path, we decided to opt for a day classic kayak tour with Abel Tasman Kayaks.
We unfortunately arrived at Abel Tasman the night of a very big storm with strong rain and wind. Despite the weather conditions being very bad, Abel Tasman Kayaks were maintaining the trip in the next day. So here we do we are heading towards the camp base at 9am the next morning, grey skies, strong rain but the staff from Abel Tasman Kayaks welcome us with big smile and great energy! The trip is definitively on!
As you arrived at the base, you checked in, you can park your car / van in the parking at the back of the company. Once all checked in, we meet our guide - Hayo - super nice, super tall, super pro. We start to pack tents, sleeping bags, food supplies for 2 days in the Kayak. We start to dress up as well... the team provides us with rain and safety jackets. Then, it's briefing time on who we are, what do we do, why are we here, and of course on the basics ... how to use the paddles, on we should react if we flipped over... at the end of the briefing you are ready for the adventure !
Our group was lovely made up of young European travellers like us ! The two days trip was great, not difficult despite the so-so weather conditions of day 1. Hayo was a great guide super knowledgeable about Abel Tasman, the animals, the coast ... and he made great pancakes at breakfast !
During the two days, you see a lot of animals ... seals, penguins are everywhere. We slept on one of the beaches of Abel Tasman National Park and what an experience in the morning as sun rise!
The whole trip was definitively worth it ! And Abel Tasman Kayaks were very professional and we had a blast !
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