D214. Apr 1. Abel Tasman Park, an image gallery

Capture d’écran 2014-04-01 à 10.17.00No, this is not Abel Tasman. Abel Tasman is the first European who, back in 1642, sighted New Zealand on the world map – And the park was opened in December 1942 to mark the 300th anniversary of Abel Tasman’s visit – Other continent, other priorities…

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A 15 km walk brought us through the park’ hills, giving us an amazing view on the shore and pristine beaches… The sand looks like gold because the granite – turned into sand under the effect of the waves – is special here : It is commonly a whitish rock but when weathering has been intense, iron compounds penetrate to stain the rock a reddish brown… And then the sand looks like gold. Extremely beautiful I must say.

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On the hills, forest seemed tropical, even though the climate is quite different here !Capture d’écran 2014-04-01 à 10.18.02

 

And then, as we were leaving the park, we passed over a very long sand land, uncovered by the low tide. Some of the birds that frequent the place consist of petrels, shags, gulls, terms, herons… Even though we haven’t seen any !

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Oh, a couple of ducks. And a little girl was probably here some day…Capture d’écran 2014-04-01 à 10.19.06

 

 

 

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