We admit it. Today, we don’t have much of a plan other than finding some awesome activity for us to do. We’re not worried though. This is New Zealand, after all. Plus, we are on the edge of two amazing national parks, the Abel Tasman and the Kahurangi.
We’re currently staying on the very edge of the Abel Tasman in a small town called Marahau. The Barn Backpackers is the last accommodation before entering the park from the most popular entry point.
Finding something to do in Kahurangi National Park
So, it seems pretty obvious that we should do a hike in the Abel Tasman, but as we have three days planned in there, we thought we’d check out the Kahurangi – the national park that doesn’t get much lovin’ compared to its neighbour.
After a winding hillside drive to Motueka for some groceries, we then head to the Riwaka Resurgence 25 minutes from Motueka. It’s a really short hike on the edge of the Kahurangi National Park that take you to the resurgence of the Riwaka River. Sounds good enough to class as our activity for today, right?
A Maori welcoming
The entrance to the walk is marked with an archway decorated with carvings of Maori gods, each with a paua shell eye. An information board beside the archway describes how the Riwaka Resurgence is a sacred place for the local iwi (tribe) and tells the Maori legend of the river.