We got up early on the 24th and took a short one-hour flight on Air New Zealand from Auckland to Nelson. This flight was like a throw back to the way flying was before 9/11. We walked into the airport and checked our bags. No one asked to see Drivers Licenses or Passports. We then walked to our plane and never had to walk through any kind of security. WOW! Nelson is on the broad curve of Tasman Bay with views of the Kahurangi mountains on the far side. It is one of the top areas for year around adventure. To the west beckon the sandy crescents of Abel Tasman National Park which was our destination. There are hikers everyone in New Zealand, Everyone goes on treks. One the way to Abel Tasman National Park we passed many wineries and fruit stands. Organic fruits and vegetables are in abundance. Our destination was up the coast to the little town of Kaiteriteri which is on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. We frantically started asking around for places to eat on Christmas. We literally found one small restaurant that was going to be serving lunch on Christmas Day. We signed up.
We made our way to our B&B for a few nights, the Split Apple Lodge. This is a really cook eco-friendly B&B run by Bert & Paulette. They collect all their water naturally. Gracie said she couldn't take a shower with rainwater. GROSS she said! Funny.
We checked into the B&B and then ran down to the town and took a quick boat trip to get a lay of the land. Had dinner at a really cool restaurant in town called Shore Line.