Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park – but it’s perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure.
Whilst summer is a popular time to visit, locals believe that the shoulder seasons are actually the best time to explore the park, as crisp mornings, calm waters and quiet beaches allow you to truly enjoy the peace and serenity.
Those who crave home comforts can stay in luxurious lodges, but for me personally sleeping under the stars in our small tent after riding around the region on our motorbike is the ultimate way to experience the spirit of the Abel Tasman.
Here, inviting sandy beaches fill the spaces between trees and tide line. Crystal clear streams tumble down mossy valleys to join the ocean. Granite and marble formations fringe the headlands, which are cloaked in regenerating native forest.
Native wildlife is an essential part of the scenery. Tui and bellbird song fills the forest; shags (cormorants), gannets and little blue penguins dive for their dinner; fur seals lounge on the rocks.
And this is why it is the piece of Ariki New Zealand Jewellery which reminds me of this idyllic location and its beautiful birdlife is:
GP579/PO579 Hummingbird Pendant This sweet little bird of joy is ever so dainty and beautiful. The hummingbird symbolises great courage and determination – to see one fly through the air and balance gracefully while it drinks from the nectar of a flower is truly captivating. Our dainty and sweet piece of fine jewellery captures this elegance and grace beautifully.