We Deserve A Break travel blog

Bark Bay Abel Tasman

Water Taxi

View from the trail

Pick up point for the taxi - end of hike

Our hike map

Getting ready to kayak

Calmer waters on the lagoon

Uploading pics at the internet cafe in Motueka


We planned to kayak on Wednesday and had reserved kayaks for four hours. We packed our lunch and sent to the park. The wind was up - the morning news had opined that the "southerlies are freshening and the anti cyclone is moving on shore". Guess to us that meant a lot of wind and high seas. The people we had seen paddeling the day before had excellent smooth paddeling - not to be for us. We decided to give it a go anyway. We were happy we had not signed up for a full day tour with a guide. The swells were huge - we paddled out of the protected bay and into the wind and waves. Within two minutes we knew it was not to be - we were going nowhere fast. We headed back into more protected waters - the swells were still impressive. Heading back closer to shore we found the entrance to a sheltered lagoon. All in all we had a 2 hr paddle. Since we returned 2 hours early they gave us a 50% refund. I thought that was pretty classy.

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