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Self-Drive Traveling in New Zealand gives you that extra opportunity to find those hidden gems - at your own pace, while ensuring you choose what to see and do. I was extremely fortunate to explore places that I hadn't planned to.
Travelling between Abel Tasman and Picton and 10km from Nelson I accidently turned off SH6 and was greeted by the gorgeous Cable Bay.
Cable Bay is an interesting place. With the ocean on one side, Delaware Bay tidal mud flats on the other and a separating bank of boulders in between. As the tide recedes the remarkable sandy shoreline of Cable Bay converts into a natural art museum. In my own words - 'It's a natural sand sculpture'.
The receding water leaves paintings or carvings over the entire beach. Wow, I have never ever seen this on any beach. For me the masterpieces looked like big Kaori Trees on canvas.
Feeling so spoilt with this beauty we stayed the evening at the Cable Bay Holiday Park - easy and hassle free.
Another gem - Cable Bay Walkway is a marked track which ascends the hill above the bay and it is described as an 8km one-way track to Glenduan Bay. An easy 45 minute climb following the pole markers, the walk overlooks the huge expanse of Tasman Bay while enjoying spectacular views of Cable Bay and privately owned Pepin Island.
The Cable Bay Holiday Park is managed by a friendly kiwi couple. With limited sites available my advise is to book early so you don't miss out.
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