After some time in the gardens, we walked to the geographical centre of New Zealand. It was quite the trek! Actually, it was only about a fifteen minute walk from our B&B, but it involved climbing a rather steep hill with many twists and turns. (Sound familiar??? It was much like the roads here!)
New Zealand is quite amazing. One person told me, "You will never see a bad view" and while I may not agree with that 100%, there are some really awesome views. For instance, on one side of the centre of New Zealand is mountains...
...and then if you turn around, Nelson is laid out before you, stretching to the water, with more mountains in the background.
Today I was feeling a little more ambitious, so we headed out to Abel Tasman National Park. Donny and Marika took a three hour (water taxi) tour, and Dave and I joined them for half an hour of it. Then we got dropped off at Anchorage Bay and undertook a 12.6 km (7.9 mile) 'tramp' (as they're called here) back to Marahau where Donny and Marika picked us up.
New Zealand is home to over 200 different species of ferns and Dave and I might have seen all of them on our tramp. We joked that we were hiking through Ferngully because it was so incredible. There were these huge gullies of ferns, some of which we walked around, and some of which we walked over (thanks to bridges), and then we'd come out of them and have these incredible ocean views.
After a long afternoon of tramping, I ate an amazing meal of fresh fish and steamed vegetables. And then I ate three quarters of Donny's salad and half of Dave's french fries. I was a wee bit hungry :) And now I'm off to bed because I'm also a wee bit tired!
Tune in tomorrow (later today?!?! What time is it anyways?) when I will be coming to you from the North Island. Next up: The Ferry Crossing. (Or possibly New Zealand from Dave's point of view...)