After the ferry, we spent the night in Nelson.  The next day we hiked in Abel Tasman National Park.  Abel Tasman is famous for its gorgeous beaches.  We took a boat ride up the coast, where we were dropped off so we could hike back on the Coast Trail.  The views of the beach were indeed gorgeous

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So when we did see beach, we got pretty excited:

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