- Round The World Trip Destination Wish #3: Great Walks in New Zealand
- Milford Track Booked For April 2015
- New Zealand, On The Road Again After a 2 Month Break
- 8 New Zealand Great Walks in 8 Weeks
- Preparing for The Great Walks and Waiting Out Cyclone Pam
- Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 1: Onepoto to Panekire Hut
- Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 2: Panekire Hut to Waiopaoa Hut
- Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 3: Waiopaoa Hut to Marauiti Hut
- Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 4: Marauiti Hut to Hopuruahine Landing
- Wairoa and Taupo, In Between Great Walks
- Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 1: Mangatepopo Hut to Oturere Hut
- Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 2: Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut
- Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 3: Waihohonu Hut to Whakapapa Village
- Wellington, Christchurch, Mount Cook, and Queenstown, In Between Great Walks
- Routeburn Track Day 1: Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Falls Hut
- Routeburn Track Day 2: Routeburn Falls Hut to Lake Mackenzie Hut
- Routeburn Track Day 3: Lake Mackenzie Hut to The Divide
- Milford Track Day 1: Glade Wharf to Clinton Hut
- Milford Track Day 2: Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hut
- Milford Track Day 3: Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut
- Milford Track Day 4: Dumpling Hut to Sandfly Point
- Te Anau, In Between Great Walks
- Rakiura Track Day 1: Oban to Port William Hut
- Rakiura Track Day 2: Port William Hut to North Arm Hut
- Rakiura Track Day 3: North Arm Hut to Oban
- Stewart Island, In Between Great Walks
- Kepler Track Day 1: Te Anau to Luxmore Hut
- Kepler Track Day 2: Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut
- Kepler Track Day 3: Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut
- Kepler Track Day 4: Moturau Hut to Te Anau
- A Return to Milford Sound
- Coastal Pacific Train, Hitchking, And Nelson, In Between Great Walks
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 1: Marahau to Anchorage
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 2: Anchorage to Bark Bay
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 3: Bark Bay to Awaroa
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 4: Awaroa to Whariwharangi
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 5: Whariwharangi to Totaranui via Gibbs Hill Track
- Heaphy Track Day 1: Brown Hut to Perry Saddle Hut
- Heaphy Track Day 2: Perry Saddle Hut to James Mackay Hut
- Heaphy Track Day 3: James Mackay Hut to Heaphy Hut
- Heaphy Track Day 4: Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai
- Riding The Tranzalpine Train in New Zealand
- In Review: 69 Days of Backpacking in New Zealand
Previous entry: Day 1 – Marahau to Anchorage
Part of the New Zealand Great Walks Journal
Journal entry for May 2, 2015
Distance Hiked: 11.5 km
I slept almost twelve hours despite having a big snorer in the same bunk room.
It was another beautiful day as I left Anchorage Hut. Since the tide was rising, I took the all-tide trail instead of the low-tide one along the beach. You can usually find a tide table for reference in each of the huts.
I then made the 20-minute side trip to Cleopatra’s Pool. It required some boulder hopping to get there, so I decided to leave my camera behind to avoid running the risk of dropping it in the water. The pool was fine, but I didn’t get into the water.
I soon reached the intersection for the side trail to Falls River. It’s three hours round trip, and after thinking about it for a bit, I decided to skip it. I just wasn’t feeling it this day and decided to just take it easy. The rest of the trail was just like the first day: lots of forest with occasional views of the coast.
Unlike other national parks I had visited in New Zealand, this one had an actual small village in it called Torrent Bay Village. I passed by at least twenty houses, which signs of “Do not enter, private property” everywhere.
There’s a nice beach at the northern end of the village, where I stopped for lunch. I stayed there for while looking at oystercatcher birds search for food in de receding tide. Before coming to New Zealand I wasn’t very interested in wildlife, but I had become curious after being in contact with them. After a hike, I would find myself looking for information online to learn more about interesting species. What I hiked about the oystercatcher was its bright orange beak, and the funny way it walked, as if always in a hurry.
From Torrent Bay it was another two hours to Bark Bay, which occasional lookouts with good views.
Bark Bay Hut was about about 500 meters inland from the sea. When I arrived there it was low tide and it wasn’t evident why they would built the hut so far away from the beach. Looking at how much the water level rose during hide tide later on, it become obvious why.
At the hut I met and spent most of the night with an Tara and Beach, an American couple from Idaho.
After two days, I wasn’t overly impressed with the scenery of Abel Tasman, but I welcome the relaxed pace and coastal scenery that was very different from previous Great Walks.
NZ Department of Conservation’s brochure and video for this walk.
Next entry: Day 3 – Bark Bay to Awaroa
Part of the New Zealand Great Walks Journal