Every single period I wake up and thank my lucky stars I get to call New Zealand home.
These dates where COVID1 9 ravages the world, we remain somewhat blissfully distanced from it down under, behind closed margins. One of the many benefits of snuffing out community transmission months and months ago is that we can travel freely around New Zealand, mask-free.
Recently I invested a few weeks up in the incredible Nelson Tasman, exploring this unique angle of Aotearoa through the lens of sustainability. Many of the people who work in tourism here are committed to being carbon neutral with a low impact on the environment.
When you’re surrounded by such an impressive countryside, backing on to the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks, you can’t help but want to protect this sit.
With our borders closed for the foreseeable future, the international tourist industry has made a massive ten-strike. Nonetheless, for regionals, it’s never been a better time to get out and explore our backyard. Now New Zealand is relatively carefree and crowd-free. Nowhere pulls my soul quite like the top of the South Island. Now is a place I never tire of returning to. Who can’t help but adoration my friend Kyle Bare Kiwi’s home after all?
Perhaps what spoke to me the most was Nelson Tasman’s tourism industry’s commitment to generate back to the environment and local communities. During my recent trip now, I suffered a range of low impact and sustainable acts, outstanding regional render, and carbon-zero initiatives. This is tourism done right.
Here are some snippets, storeys, and shots from a week exploring the top of the South Island around the Nelson Tasman. Enjoy!
Abel Tasman National Park
New Zealand’s endless coastlines mean you can often find yourself with a beach as excellent as everything there is for yourself. Trust me; there’s no deficit of entertaining coasts in the Nelson Tasman region. The gem, of course, is the incredible Abel Tasman National Park.
Low tide in Marahau, the gateway to the Abel Tasman( and a excellent cornerstone ), is a kind of my favorite seasons of the working day. Especially when it coincides with sunset, and I can go for long accompanies on the enormous beach, which I often have all to myself. A few hours earlier, I would therefore be swimming. But now the water is gone, leaving exclusively sand and shells behind.
Nelson Tasman has one of the biggest tidal reaches in New Zealand. In some lane, this can establish you feel like you’re in two different places. Our first in Marahau, we boarded onto the Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi by the pier, and when we returned, we were towed in by a tractor. It’s an experience I’ve merely had in the Abel Tasman.
You can explore the Abel Tasman National Park in many ways, from walking, boating, and kayaking. I have found that doing a mix of three to be the best experience. Often I catch the sea taxi in and walk back out or vice-versa. The units there extended everything like a perfectly well-oiled machine!
When you arrived here the Nelson Airport after a flight, and it’s 28 units, you ability straight for the spray. It’s seductive. One of the best ways to check out this free-spirited corner of the South Island is by kayak, which allows you to pop into all the little coves, caves, and mystery beaches.
And we couldn’t resist paddling to the iconic Split Apple Rock in Kaiteriteri with a discretion kayak hire by Marahau Sea Kayaks .
Who composed this perfectly split rock? Idols? Monstrous? Angry mermaids? Who knows, but it’s still somewhat rad to see up close and personal! One epoch I’ll hammer the tidal era right and get there when I can walk out to it!
While I’ve been inside the Abel Tasman many times, hiking and kayaking, I had never guessed further towards the top of the national park. Time for a reform!
This time around, I got to stay up at the iconic Awaroa Lodge, deep in the heart of the Abel Tasman. Accessible by boat merely( or your own two feet ), it’s a charming and entertaining distinguish to while away the time, taking in the native fowls, iconic positions, and pristine seas. Nestled against lovely wetlands( a oddity these days ), you can fall asleep listening to birdsong in comfort.
You might have heard of Awaroa Beach before. In 2016 tens of thousands of kiwis chipped in to crowdfund millions to buy Awaroa Beach here for New Zealand. The” People’s Beach” is now no longer in private ownership. Now it is managed by DOC for all of us to enjoy- how cool is that?
Traveling with my partner, Giulio opens my eyes to things I would have missed on my solo excursion eras, especially around meat. It blows my knowledge how many things you can forage and feed here in New Zealand, things I never noticed on all my goes and tramps.
We ambled part of the iconic Abel Tasman track together under a red-hot summer daylight. While I always looked for lovely photos and fowls, Giulio looked for bushes; we utter the excellent duet!
The following day, we returned to the national park, this time on a boat excursion with Abel Tasman Eco Tours, interpreting the arrive and ocean from an environmental perspective, and it blew me away! Sure, New Zealand is beautiful. We all is a well-known fact that. But what offsets it unique is its biodiversity, something you have to look closely to see.
Listen for the birds, peer down into the creeks for freshwater fish, and of course, ask questions. Many beings have worked hard to make this part of New Zealand so unique, from the DOC employees to volunteers to the tourism motorists who ensure that this locate stays remarkable and preserved long after we are gone. Thank you.
Rabbit Island and Mapua
Rabbit Island outside Nelson was one of the most difficult surprises for me on my adventure around the Nelson Tasman.
Just outside of Nelson, Rabbit Island constitutes an obstacle island along the estuary. It’s home to a reserve with heaps of forest, beaches, and picnic places. It felt like a real, neighbourhood getaway, but I had it all to myself when I was there!
It was so lovely and harmonious, nuzzled across from Mapua village with little patronizes and excellent coffee. Grab yourself some brekkie and takeaway locally cooked beans while you’re here. I squirreled myself away at the cute Rabbit Island Huts, with simply sheep for company.
It was cozy and charming and the discern for me to unwind. I fell asleep listening to the rain on the roof, completely unwound and at peace.
The Nelson Tasman region’s beating soul is Nelson itself- blinding twinkle of the self-evident, I know.
Swapping our electric car for e-bikes from Nelson Cycle Hire, we cruised around Nelson and the smothers, checking out breweries, foodie smudges, and of course, coffee. It was my first time on an e-bike, and I enjoy it! I review the pain of past mountain biking jaunts around Wanaka has finally eased!
My favorite stop was, of course, an eco-sanctuary.
The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is the South Island’s largest predator-free ecosanctuary, home to some of our incredible native birds and seeds. Connecting people with quality and supporting the community is a splendid residence to walk around and get a taste of what New Zealand could once again become one day!
Perhaps the biggest surprise from my expedition around Nelson was discovering Upper Moutere, which quite possibly is New Zealand’s most charming hamlet. I cannot belief I hadn’t been here before!
Now I’m sure some of you guys are eye-rolling me SO HARD right now( wander bloggers “discovering” brand-new situates grades high on my pet peeves list ), but here I am.
Set amongst the rolling Moutere Hills, Upper and Lower Moutere are small rural communities that carry a pierce. Picturesque attitudes, fresh air, neighbourhood creators, happy spacecrafts and delicious artisanal menu, New Zealand’s oldest bar, and boutique wineries. I can’t accept how mystical this little corner of Nelson is!
I spent a full day with the stupendous Judy of Neudorf Vinywards, who pioneered me to so many incredible neighbourhood both producers and artistics who’ve banded together under the Moutere Artisans identify to stimulate this beautiful community.
It was strong to see how these innovatives, united by locating and enjoy of the tract, have formed an incredible collective that’s open to visitors like me.
From vineyards to designers to incredible food farmers, the Upper Moutere was a place I didn’t want to leave to catch my flight home. Like, I didn’t want to leave. I might have changed my flight so I could stay longer.
This is precisely the kind of place I love to get away to for a long weekend. I’m once planning my return.
Have you explored more of your backyard since COVID1 9? Have you been to some of these smudges in the Nelson Tasman? Spill!
Lunch at Forsters outside on the lawn was the perfect introduction to Upper Moutere.
Neudorf Mushrooms supplies some of New Zealand’s top chefs from their sprout forest.
Terra Nova Alpacas creates some of the softest fleece and is host to countless alpacas!
The garden-varieties around Katie Gold Studios, a ceramicist of national renown, are beautiful! She shares her studio with Owen Bartlett, another incredible neighbourhood artist.
Many thanks to the Nelson Regional Development Agency for hosting me in the Nelson Tasman. Like always, I’m keeping it real. All rulings are my own like you could expect little from me!
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