Able Tasman Coastal Track

Anthony, Tony, and I walk as far as Awaroa Hut over three days and then on the fourth day get a water taxi back to Marahau, with some inebriation at the Awaroa Lodge. All the days where hot and sunny with complementary sandflies.

Tuesday 02/12/2014
Tony and I stayed the night at Anthony's place in Ruby Bay. We left before nine in the morning, heading for Marahau, stopping for a coffee in Motueka.

My first visit to the new Anchorage hut, current impressions is that it looks like a 1970's church with glass.
Anchorage Hut
Anchorage Hut
Anchorage Hut
Anchorage Hut
We went for a walk along the beach and saw fruit peel and other vegetable matter floating. Plucked the rubbish out of the waves and placed it in two piles on the beach for photos. Don't know where it came from.
Rubbish lot one from the sea
Rubbish lot two from the sea

After dinner we did relax with some Sprig and Fern beer followed by some Bowmore, and after a few drams we discover that Tony has become a socialist. We blamed that on living in Aussie with its union presence.
Anthony and Tony at Anchorage
Wednesday 03/12/2014
About ten thirty we left Anchorage for Bark bay, crossed the Torrent Bay estuary.
Tony and Anthony leaving Anchorage
Torrent Bay estuary
Torrent Bay
Looking back at Torrent Bay
View thru the trees
The bay
Quarry stones on beach
A good night at bark bay with our own end bunk room, a bit strange waking upo with a young French chick sneaking around in the room. We decided she had been hunting for our whisky.

Thursday 04/12/2014
Left Bark Bay heading for Awaroa and mayhem.
Tony and Anthony before leaving
Old quarry rocks
OK here somewhere we got split up as Tony and I lagged behind Anthony on the way around the rocks. And we never caught up to Anthony for a while, seems he got chased up the hill by a seal :-).
Tony on the start of our beach walk

Rocks cloud and sea - all you need
Looking back
Out to sea
The Bridge
Sand in the bay golden
Nice walk but we took the hill way and got to the hut.
Awaroa Hut
Tony and Anthony 1
Tony and Anthony 2
Tony and Anthony 3
Tony and Anthony 4
Drunken fools stumbling back to the hut in dark and I provided them with much laughter when I fell over backwards in the estuary and disappeared from view; and further antics later.

Friday 05/12/2014
Hazy morning start with us in front of the hut.

Anthony, Tony, Ian outside Awaroa Hut
Off across the estuary which was full of water and required a few meters of swimming, never a problem with dry bags. Down the beach to the restaurant and a nice breakfast to throw up later.
Anthony and Tony Awaroa Lodge
The boat ride was bumpy and I felt a bit green, then the car ride up the hill had me depositing my breakfast on the side of the road. I had good times.

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