Sometimes the name of a place is a good indicator of what to expect. Abel Tasman. The name has an exotic, but peaceful ring to it. And that is what you will get. It is a passage to a world free of technology, human influence, pollution, noise, and cubicles. Although I loved all of New Zealand, Abel Tasman is in my top three favorite places in this beautiful country. Since I didn’t have enough time to go hiking through the park, I decided to kayak in the Tasman Bay along the coast of the park.
If I had a personal Guinness Book of World Records (that people actually cared about) then you would see Abel Tasman listed three times. It holds the record for being the quietest place I have been to. The only sound that could be heard was the occasional bird call, seal grunt, or paddle cutting in and out of the water. Even when I was on the shore, eating lunch, the waves breaking on the sand were so gentle that they hardly made a sound. This quietness filled me with immense peace and provided the perfect opportunity for self reflection.
Following this peaceful theme, the second record this national park would hold is the calmest ocean water I have ever seen. I felt like I was on a calm lake with a slight breeze causing little ripples throughout the entire body of water. There were no waves (on the shore or in the middle of the bay). The biggest waves I saw were caused by a larger than life gentlemen and his slightly skinner counterpart (Luckily the huge tidal waves were being created behind me and did not swallow me with my kayak).
The final record would be for the most exotic sand. I have never seen sand like I did in Abel Tasman. Caught between the turquoise water and the green forest wall, the yellow sand seemed to emanate a golden glow. The sand was soft and appeared untouched by man. There were no footprints or trash, just the trickle of the waves against the soft golden sand.
If you have a chance to go to Abel Tasman, I highly recommend kayaking. There’s nothing like cruising at a steady pace and enjoying the scenery. Plus one of the best parts of the day was paddling to an island covered with seals. Most were getting their tan on and sleeping, but every now and then one would stir and make a sound or go for a dip. It was fun to circle the island and see all different sized seals. Some had too much to eat. Others would fit in your arms. All in all two words provided me with and peaceful and enjoyable day, Abel Tasman.
Where do you go to find peace?