Photographer's Note

The body of water here is actually a river, although this is right on the shoreline! Taken late afternoon with the sun going down. This beach is part Abel Tasman National Park, on the northern coast of New Zealand's South Island. It can only be reached via a narrow and twisty gravel road - which clearly explains why I met an RV driving in the opposite direction ;-)

The park is named after the explorer Abel Tasman, who ironically never set foot here - his crew were repelled from the area by the fierce fighting of the local Maori people. He was also the first European to sight Tasmania, which also bears his name.

The national park was opened in 1942, three hundred years after his visit. Abel Tasman NP is the smallest of the New Zealand national parks, measuring "just" 22530 hectares :)

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Additional Photos by Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274)
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