Abel Tasman Park, South Island New Zealand

I’ve told many travelers to New Zealand that Abel Tasman National Park is a must-see destination. It’s difficult to get to, but well worth the effort. A boat ride is needed to get inside the park. Once there, there are pristine hiking trails, empty beaches and ferns and foliage that defy imagination.

Just outside the park, where these photos were taken, there is a broad beach that appears and disappears with the tide. In the wake of the tide the designs left on the sand demonstrate Mother Nature’s artistic skills. An abundance of shellfish attracts locals and tourists to forage for dinner.