Wainui Falls

Limestone Bay, Ligar Bay, Tata Bay, Wainui Bay, and Wainui Falls

In which Miles finds that getting to Wainui Falls is half the fun – and finds himself in Abel Tasman National Park.

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The drive from Takaka to Wainui Falls follows the southeastern coast of Golden Bay.  The scenery is beautiful and varied, including beach after beach after beach.

Around Tarakohe, on the east end of Limestone Bay, the landscape gets very interesting.  The area is characterized by the smell of fish and scallops, boats for fishing and for pleasure, and by rock formations like these below.

Tarakohe
Tarakohe
Tarakohe
Tarakohe
Tarakohe
Tarakohe
Tarakohe
Tarakohe

Abel Tasman Memorial sits on a lookout offering views of Ligar Bay, Tata Beach and Tata Islands.  The monument itself is a bit uninspired, but the information provided is interesting, and the views make it a well worth a visit.

Ligar bay from Abel Tasman Memorial
Ligar Bay from Abel Tasman Memorial lookout
Ligar bay from Abel Tasman Memorial
Ligar Bay from Abel Tasman Memorial lookout
Abel Tasman Memorial
Abel Tasman Memorial
Abel Tasman Memorial from Ligar Bay
Abel Tasman Memorial from Ligar Bay
Watch out for little blue penguins!
Watch out for little blue penguins!

The coast of Wainui Bay has its own cool rock formations and its own beautiful beaches.

Wainui Bay
Wainui Bay
Wainui Bay
Wainui Bay
Wainui Bay
Wainui Bay
Wainui Bay
Wainui Bay

Abel Tasman Drive heads inland, away from Wainui Bay, toward Wainui Falls.  This would usually be sheep, but here it was cows.

Cow crossing near Wainui Falls carpark
Cow crossing near Wainui Falls carpark

Sandflies prompted application of insect repellent, but they weren’t bad once I entered the bush.  The bush was bright green and lush, and I immediately felt the increased humidity upon entering it.

Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track

I didn’t know that I would be entering the north end of Abel Tasman National Park.  I have now been there.  Visits to Abel Tasman National Park usually center heavily around beaches.  I plan to walk the coastal track later this summer.

Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track

This suspension bridge over the river was very bouncy.

Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls Track
Wainui Falls
Wainui Falls

Large volumes of water pass over Wainui Falls.  The are loud, and cold, and wet.  It was a hot and sticky day, but no one stayed at the viewing area for very long.  I shot most of my photos, and the video below, a short distance away from the viewing area to minimize the mist on the lens.

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