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Sitting between between Golden Bay and

Tasman Bay on the northern end of the South Island, the Abel Tasman National Park, although the smallest of NZ's national

parks, still covers over 200km2. A great way to see it? From the water of course...

Here, Smorgasboarder's Jeff Morris relays

a tale of an excitable SUP guide and three days of exploring this coastline...


New Zealand Surfing all over

- Nelson ONCE UPON A TIME... ...there was a stand up

paddleboard instructor whose dream was to paddle the crystal clear waters of the Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island of New Zealand under clear blue summer skies in the company of fair maidens from far off lands such as Sweden and Germany... or anywhere really, he didn't mind. He would point out places of interest and wildlife and generally enlighten them with his vast knowledge. Those things that he was unsure of he would just make up. One summers day he found himself in the company of 2 fair maidens - one from the British Isles, far far away and the other from the North Island of New Zealand, not so far away.


The maidens wished to undertake a 3-day tour of the Abel Tasman National on SUPs and were hoping that the instructor - who was in the employ of Kaiteriteri Kayaks & Stand up Paddle Boards - would guide them on their quest, even offering money to do so. The guide took many seconds (about 3) before he nodded his head in a vigorous fashion.

The fair maidens wished to stay out in the park each night under the stars and organised for their tents and equipment to be picked up and delivered to their camping destination each day by Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles, suppliers of superior over-water transport (OWT) machines in the region, the very same people who

would take the less-thanhardy guide home to his soft bed and array of fine wines each night.

Day 1 of the quest dawned bright and sunny. As the guide and other humble serfs loaded the boards and luggage onto the OWT machine, he gazed down at his arm which had become blue from much pinching.

They unloaded at Awaroa Inlet amid jealous looks from other passengers aboard the Sea Shuttles OWT machine and then paddled into the inlet at high tide. One of the fair maidens was so overcome by the pristine beauty that she stood on her head on top of the paddle board. This lead to much mirth and cheering amongst the onlookers. The merry crew then proceeded to a place only

accessible by small craft at high tide called Shag Harbour. This gave the guide yet another blue arm, only to find many sea birds perched on rocks as they entered the secret spot, oh well it was stunning nonetheless.

Day one ended at Tonga Quarry Beach after much swimming in clear waters, spotting stingrays and the application of copius quantities of sunscreen lotion. Leaving the maidens to their camp and an angry male seal, the guide boarded the Sea Shuttle OWT machine for home. Day 2 dawned less than perfect with a one metre swell, cloud and a chill in the air. The guide hoped the maidens would do the alternative Kaiteriteri Kayak full day tour that was offered to them,


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