IN THE PARK
cannot adequately describe the beauty of the little nooks in the coast,
every one with its little beach of the most beautiful yellow sand, with
an impenetrable mass of evergreen shrubs rising in the background, presenting
to the eye every shade of the rainbow."
This was the reaction of pioneer Frederick Carrington in 1841. The history
of the park area dates further back to occupation by early Maori in the
15th century. The first encounter with Europeans was in 1642, when Dutch
explorer Abel Tasman sent a party ashore, the resulting encounter with
the Maori giving Golden Bay its original title of Murderers Bay. Captain
James Cook entered Tasman Bay in 1770, and then in 1827 D'Urville visited.
Early European settlement, with forestry, boatbuilding and farming saw
massive modification of the landscape.
The Abel Tasman National Park was created in 1942 and the park's story
today is one of a recovering ecosystem, with the native coastal species
growing back under the care of the Department of Conservation.
From Kanuka Hill Lodge you can explore some of the park's treasures on
easy day walks.
Pool: (1hr 30min) Follow the walking track, or walk up the river at
low tide to the footbridge over the Torrent River. Take a dip in the pool
which has been carved by the river in a massive chunk of bedrock. (See
Te Pukatea Bay: (15 min) One of the park's perfect crescent shaped
beaches, sheltered from the breeze, and another great swimming spot. Continue
with the loop track on to Pitt Head, the site of early Maori fortification,
with great views north up the coastline of the park including Tonga Island.
Watering Cove: (45min) D'Urville came ashore here to replenish
his water supply from the clear waters of the stream. Little has changed,
with the shady trees along the shore a welcome contrast to the windswept
ridge you will cross on your walk.
Cascade Falls: (half day) Take a break from the sea, sun and sand
to explore the interior of the park. The track follows the cool fresh
waters of the Falls River, through the boulder path it has carved for
itself with pools and smaller waterfalls to the six flights of the Cascade
- One day guided Sea Kayaking trips can be arranged.
- Take a boat trip up the coast to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and
swim with seals.
- Relax on the beach, enjoy the changing landscape as the tides ebb and
flow, listen to the birdsong.
- Take a walk in the evening and visit the glowworms in caves at the end
of the beach.
- Sailing trips can be arranged.
- Dive Trips can be arranged.
The lodge will be closed for the 2006/2007 season but please look through our site. Watch this space for a new opening date.
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