Birgit im Abenteuerland

Abel Tasman NP – Kayaking (day 3)

Day 35 – 37 (20. – 22.2.2013): Kayaking the Abel Tasman National Park

 
Day 3: Anchorage to Marahau
 
Again up for sunrise but not much to see from this camp ground/ beach.
 
Our kayak adventure today brought us first into a lagoon a little up north which does only exist at high tide. Then we had to kayak what they call “the mad mile”, rather rough sea but we were really lucky, weather & wind was with us and it was not even “a semi-mad mile”. At our lunch location we climbed first across sharp rocks, through a little cave and up a steep hill to enjoy lovely views around.
 
Rock Formation @ Abel Tasman NP

Rock Formation @ Abel Tasman NP

View from our Lunch Climb

View from our Lunch Climb

We ended our kayaking trip with an epic sail!
 
Have you ever seen a raft of kayaks sailing?!? No?!? well, me neither but it was a lot of fun.
 
How does it work:
 
The 3 remaining double kayaks where brought together into a raft (all parallel next to each other). I unfortunately couldn’t take pix as with my left hand I had to hold the bottom left corner of the sail and with my right hand I had to hold on to the boat besides me – and there are big forces around which try to separate the kayaks – especially waves. Ok, outer front ppl hold the botton of the sail, the outer back ppl hold the sail tied to their paddle up high in the air.
 
And wooohooo – off we go. When we did that the wind picked up and we sailed for quite a while with up to 15 knots back to the beach in Marahau! Wow, that was really a memorable end to an AMAZING trip 😀
 
Kayaks Sailing  (symbol picture from the internet - our sail was much, much bigger)

Kayaks Sailing
(symbol picture from the internet – our sail was much, much bigger)

After clean-up, shower, and another awesome real fruit icecream I drove back to Nelson.

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