Peak(s):  Abel Tasman, NZ - 2,000 feet
Date Posted:  03/25/2011
Date Climbed:   01/14/2011
Author:  slaggbottom
 Engaged on the tropical Abel Tasman Track  

New Zealand's stunning tropical Abel Tasman National Park is memorable for it's lush rain-forested mountainous coastline, sublime sandy beaches, clear teal seas, and playful marine animals. For Wendy and I, it will also be treasured as the location of our engagement(!).

Abel Tasman Nat Park is one of NZ's main tourist destinations, containing a 3-4 day "Great Walk" designated track. Most people start from the south, and end at Totaranui after 3 days. We opted for a big day hike, starting at Totaranui, heading north along the coast to the rocky seal-populated peninsula of Separation Point, then west over to Whariwharangi Beach (site of my proposal), and back via Gibbs Hill on the inland track. We only met about a dozen people on this prime summer day, and the scenery was fabulous. I highly recommend this route for visiting Abel Tasman.

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 Comments or Questions

03/28/2011 10:51
Sweet report, wife jealousy inducing engagement, and did I see a photo of the elusive bull marmot jellyfish? Nice report and congrats!


03/27/2011 00:32
My wife were living in NZ last year and hiked Abel Tasman. A very special place indeed. Did you / are you going to hit any other great walks?

Anyways, congrats to you both!


Other tracks
03/27/2011 01:49
Yeah, we ended up fitting in the Rees-Dart, Mueller Hut, Routeburn, Milford, and Hump Ridge Tracks in our last 3 weeks there. Man, can't wait to write up those TRs! Stay tuned...

Thanks for the congrats every one!


That's some rock!
03/26/2011 21:21
LOL! Congrats!
Love the wildlife pics.
Thanks for posting.


03/26/2011 07:06
Great pics, too


Separation Point
03/28/2011 15:42
Glad you decided to walk past Separation Point before you popped the question. That might have been a bad omen. Congrats - looks like a beautiful place !


Separation Point
03/28/2011 15:48
Haha... Yeah, it never crossed my mind, but that sure would have been ironic to propose at a place called Sparation Point. As it is, Whariwharangi will be the name that special place. I'll refrain from looking up what that translates too. Wouldn't be surprised if Whariwharangi means ”place of dead jellyfish” in Maori...

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