Abel Tasman to Franz Josef via Great Alpine Highway



After a beautiful sunrise at Tahunanui beach, I picked up the girls and we left Nelson for Abel Tasman, a National Park opened in 1942, 300 years after its namesake Abel Tasman first sighted New Zealand.  It’s New Zealand’s smallest National Park but nevertheless a coastal paradise with golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water & forested hills stretching beyond.  We explored a small stretch of the coast in Totaranui and hiked a small part of ‘The Great Walk’ as well. ‘The Great Walk’ stretches between Marahau & Wainui Bay.  It’s an easy undulating coastal track that can be walked in either direction taking mostly between 3-5 days to complete.

Rebekah's family

Rebekah’s family

From there our roadtrip brought us back to Picton where we picked up Stavros, a 40yr old tour guide from the beautiful island of Mykonos in Greece.  He would join us for over a week.  We drove further via the rough East-coast where you can spot whales & seals if you just take the time… Once in Christchurch, we were hosted by a lovely family even they hosted Riccardo, an Italian couchsurfer already!  Rebekah lived with her 2 kids Jennifer & Joel in a beautiful house just outside the city.   They welcomed us with open arms and gave us such a warm welcome.  Her 13yr old daughter Jennifer is a very clever girl and her 11yr old son Joel was really funny.  They both gave me a wonderful performance for my NZ video.  Craig, the partner of Rebekah was felling sick that evening and so we only met him briefly at breakfast the next morning.

Arthur's Pass

Arthur’s Pass

Our target for today was Franz Josef glacier.  We had to take ‘The Great Alpine Highway’ to cross the South Island to do so.  This higway is considered one of the most beautiful scenic roads of New-Zealand, especially around Arthur’s Park National park.  We enjoyed the wonderful sceneries, the amazing views and late in the afternoon we approached the Westland National Park, home of the Franz Josef glacier.

One Response to “Abel Tasman to Franz Josef via Great Alpine Highway”
  1. Dong says:

    It is such a beautiful place… I want to do a motorcycle trip there !!!! 😉 Thanks bro.

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