“Yonder Star’s” luxurious interior design, professional chef’s galley, teak decks, polished brass, sumptuous fabrics and beautifully appointed guest cabins convey a sense of effortless warmth and sophistication, with ample room for lounging in your cabin, dining in the saloon or playing cards in the pilothouse.
Designed by renowned New Zealand naval architect Don Brooke, the 90-foot ketch offers a refined blend of precision engineering and unsurpassed craftsmanship. The boat’s interior re-design has made each space below deck fresh and inviting. Whether lounging in your cabin, dining in the saloon or playing cards in the pilothouse, you will find yourself in gracious surroundings. There is no more luxurious way of enjoying Abel Tasman National Park, than with “Yonder Star” as your base.
Each day can be personalised with your Simply Wild guide/host to suit your preferences, whether you wish to just relax and enjoy the yacht and the Park, or if you wish to walk sections of the track or sea kayak.
Abel Tasman is the smallest jewel in the crown of New Zealand’s national park network (22,500 hectares), yet it reflects a unique identity among the much larger, more mountainous parks. It encompasses kilometres of idyllic golden sand beaches washed by the tidal flows of Tasman Bay, linked by an easy walking track of exceptional standard, alternating with hidden coves, estuaries and spectacular granite outcrops. Offshore lie numerous islands punctuating the broad sweep of Tasman Bay, providing sanctuary for seabirds, seals and penguins.
As we sail along the coastline, you will see some of the wildlife of the park, which includes colonies of the New Zealand fur seal, blue penguins, shags or cormorants, plus on occasion, dolphins and orcas.
With Simply Wild you’ll also enjoy the opportunity to walk a section or sections of the delightful Abel Tasman Track with your experienced guide/host, tailored to your fitness and desired length of walk. The yacht is yours for the day, and while we walk, the skipper will take the boat ahead to meet us at the end of that section of track. We are not at the mercy of a schedule, and the day is tailored and flexible to suit both you and the conditions (weather and tides).
While on the track and looking down toward the sea from the track while walking, you will see the brilliant blue-green of the water and golden sand set against luxuriant forest and tree fern, with a feeling of being on an island paradise. Looking inland however, the park presents a different profile, with dense forested hills rising steeply to 800 – 1100 metres, drained by rugged watersheds which fall to the coast through deep gorges and impassable waterfalls. The park has an interesting history, with Maori settlement, Dutch and French explorers, before being settled by English settlers in the 1850′s.
While anchored in a sheltered bay, our Simply Wild chef will serve you a delicious lunch using fresh, local produce.
We will collect you from your Lodge or hotel by luxury vehicle around 9.ooam if you are staying in Nelson City, 9.30am if you are staying in the Motueka area. We board “Yonder Star” around 10am at the small resort village of Kaiteriteri, near the southern end of the Park. There are no wharfs or jetties near Abel Tasman National Park, so all transfers on and off the boat are by yacht tender from the beach.
As we sail or motor through the southern end of the park, you will begin to see Fisherman’s and Adele Islands, (the latter now a predator free island and sanctuary for threatened New Zealand native bird species). On your left you will begin to see the famous golden beaches of the park, backed by native bush rising to the mountains beyond.
If you wish to walk a section of the Abel Tasman Track, we’ll discuss your preferences for time and distance, and pick a section we think is most suitable for you. We suggest this is usually best before lunch and we’ll arrange to be dropped off at a certain point on the track while the skipper takes the yacht around to meet us at another bay.
Lunch is a leisurely affair with wine and drinks to complement our local fare, before heading to out to sea in search of wind for the sail home. There is plenty of time to swim if you wish or just enjoy the park. Kayaking is optional.
We aim to be back at Kaiteriteri Beach for the transfer back to your accommodation around 4.0o – 4. 30pm. However the day is yours, if you wish to extend the day we are happy to accommodate you, returning later.
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