After a goodly period of Nelson summer weather, ie, highs at mid 20ºs levels, not so much wind, there is a cool snap, 1 in 100 year floods in Christchurch, and I’m thinking that summer is drawing to a close. Actually, being already March, summer is officially over but we all know the best weather in the South Island is inevitably March and April.

I’m suffering cabin fever and a short break, zipping through the less frequented upper levels of Abel Tasman National Park, called the Inland Track, might be a good option for my mental health. It’s busy enough to access these days, the bus is $20 from Nelson to the Marahau leaping off point, loads at 7 45 am so I get a full day, more or less, to wander to the first hut, though, up the hill.

So, get out there.

Day 1 | Castle Rocks hut, and even some phone reception →