Nelson – Motueka – Abel Tasman National Park 11-16 Feb 2019

Crew: Geoff and Graciela

Sailing Nelson to Motueka 11 Feb 2019

We flew to Nelson from Wellington and arrived at Halo in the Nelson Marina to discover the 12 volt house batteries were completely dead as a result of the stereo being left on plus the solar panel (and the whole boat) being covered in a thin layer of ash from the recent Nelson bush fires. After trying unsuccessfully to re-charge the batteries overnight we decided to replace the two batteries. Luckily Burnsco had them in stock. That day I had arranged to meet with my old mate Dave Waring. He was a great help getting the new batteries from Burnsco as well as getting rid of the old ones plus swapping out our LPG gas bottle. That night we had a lovely meal with our friends Jim and Lindie.

The next morning, after a particularly good coffee at the local cafe (Kush Coffee) we left the Nelson Marina at 1015 hrs and set sail for Motueka. With only 5kts of wind we hoisted the No. 1 Genoa and motor-sailed out of the harbour and towards Motueka. Eventually the wind picked up to 10 kts and we were able to turn off the engine and enjoy beautiful sailing cose-hauled across Tasman Bay. The wind continued to increase to over 16 kts so we put in the first reef as a precaution. 

We reached the entrance to the Motueka estuary at 1250 hrs (high tide was due at 1400 hrs) and with Graciela on helm we slowly followed the marker buoys all the way up the river to berth at the marina at 1330 hrs. 

That evening we had a delicious swim in the open air salt water pool on the edge of the Motueka estuary.

Hiking Abel Tasman National Park – 12 Feb 2019

We took a break from sailing to spend 5 days in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. As well as good hiking and kayaking and comfortable accommodation in the Wilsons lodges we enjoyed wonderful weather with plenty of swimming opportunities.

Day One 

Boat trip Kaiteriteri to Totaranui.
Hike Totaranui to Awaroa. 
Accommodation at Meadowbank Homestead.

Day Two

Day hike across Awaroa Inlet to Historic Steam Engine track.
Accommodation at Meadowbank Homestead.

Day Three

Hike Awaroa to Onetahuti Bay
Kayaking Onetahuti Bay to Torrent Bay.
Accommodation at Torrent Bay Lodge.

Day Four
Day hike to Anchorage, Pitt Head and Te Pukatea Bay.
Accommodation at Torrent Bay Lodge.

Day Five
Hike Torrent bay to Marahau.
Bus back to Motueka Marina.

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