The Beauty of Abel Tasman National Park - March 2012 - NZ Photo Contest

by Jukka Alasaari
(Helsinki, Finland)

The Beauty of Abel Tasman National Park

The Beauty of Abel Tasman National Park

This picture was taken in Marahau in the Abel Tasman National Park when I was travelling in New Zealand between January-February 2012. The beach was underwater when I arrived at the location, but I was certain that the low tide would reveal something interesting. I checked the local low tide information and decided to return later in the evening with my camera gear.

It was definitely worth it to return - the sun had just set and the sky was turning reddish and purple. The sea had retreated, leaving behind small ponds in the sand. It was dead calm and the only company I had was my camera and an army of hungry sandflies.

I was using a Sony a850 with a 20mm wide angle lense to take this shot. Settings were at ISO200, f/11 at 1/15th of a second.


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Abel Tasman National Park

On the very top of the South Island is the Abel Tasman National Park. The park enjoys the mild climate ideal for year round tramping, hunting and kayaking activities the park is famed for.

The coastal walk is one of the DOC great Walks. It takes an average of 3 to 5 days tramping. Multiple huts and campsites allow doing the walk in one piece starting from either end. Pre-arranged water transport allows daytripper to walk for as long as they see fit.

A three day inland tramping trail can extend the walk and offer a round-trip to the beginning. The park allows multiple possibilities to suit many preferences in regards to difficulty and length.

This is a good address to look for accommodation offers for those who plan to do day trips into the park. Meanwhile the Department of Conversation is the best place to find all information about the tracks, huts, campsites, tide and how to organise land or water transport to specific areas in the National Park.

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