Archive for September 20th, 2012


September 20, 2012

Wandering around the shops in Takaka was a very pleasant surprise, particularly as neither of us usually have any interest in wandering around shops.  A lovely wee town it is, with nice shops, art, cafes and people.  One of the first things that became very evident was the lovely art works decorating buildings.

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After scoping out the town we took a drive out towards Abel Tasman Park, here the roads became very windy, and very narrow in places as late last year they had some serious rain which washed out sections of road.

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We headed through Ligar, Tata and Wainui Bays, all beautiful, mind you the weather did help. 

ipad photographyCaught taking photos with ipad


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ligar bay to poharatata bay

Ligar and Tata Bays.  Lovely wee Bays, where we even caught a local in having a swim, a bit chilly just yet we thought. 

seaside residenceThis lovely seaside bach was out on its own on a small isthmus, a real Kiwi bach.

tasman Abel Tasman Monument

Up around Wainui Bay, which is near the end of the sealed road before you enter Abel Tasman Park on the way to Totaranui,we came across lots of evidence of flooding with large areas covered in thick silt.

silt 3Farmland covered in silt


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this abode did not escape, one can only imagine what that the level of water must have been to deposit such silt.

tui flax 1tui flax 2toilet 1even the toilets along the way were beautifully painted.


thrush  Obligatory bird picture.