'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Tramping the Abel Tasman.

My younger son and three friends have just completed the Abel Tasman walk.  They tramped (or hiked, depending on your nationality) for four days.
They walked from from Marahau to Anchorage the first day.
Anchorage to Onetahuti the second day, crossing the Araroa River estuary:

Third day: Onetahuti to Anapai Bay.
Forth day: Anapai Bay to the end.  What a wonderful walk.

I love the pristine beauty of the South Island.  If it weren't so lovely and warm up here in the north, I might seriously consider living down there again.  As it is, I will continue to visit every now and then, or do it vicariously through J. (and Vendr).

Below are J. and his friends on Tunnel Beach, near Dunedin.  You access it through a long, hand-carved tunnel.  It was dug in the 1870's through a sandstone cliff so that politician John Cargill and his family could get to the beach which was near their home.

Thank you Raphael for permission to post these photos.


  1. how very beautiful it is there. Thanks for this vicarious view!

  2. get the spare room ready and put the kettle on katherine, it looks super there

    I think in the UK we 'ramble' in the countryside but 'tramp' around the supermarket, and occassionalt tell someone to 'take a hike'

  3. Welcome, Val.
    Arthur, the beds are always made. I'll put the kettle on as you drive through the gates. Lapsang Soushong, Earl Grey, Roibos or chamomile?