A Paddler’s Paradise
Abel Tasman Park on the northern coast of the South Island is a veritable kayaking nirvana, offering up pristine coastlines of granite headlands, tiny coves of golden sand, and voluptuous hills cloaked in emerald green. Better still, the coastline is only accessible by kayak, boat, or by foot, and an island area that would otherwise be overrun with admirers is relatively desolate, save friendly fur seals and majestic white gannets, nose-diving for fish. Not one to stray too far from the precious creature comforts? Guide services have a knack for blending the two. “One of the most appealing attractions of Wilson’s Abel Tasman National Park adventures is that they combine jaw-dropping natural beauty and aerobic exercise with comfy accommodations and delicious food and wine,” says Darryl Wilson.