Six Days and 80K: A Walk in the Park / by Alexandra Wimley

"You have no idea how many tourists they pull up from ravines each year," the employee at the outdoor equipment store warned me as a purchased the cheapest sleeping bag and backpack I could find. I was preparing to set off on a six day hike in Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand's South Island. A friend and I were planning on hiking the Abel Tasman Inland Track and then the Coastal Track which connect to form a loop. The Coastal Track is one of the country's nine Great Walks which attract thousands of visitors to national parks every year. Though the 80 kilometers we hiked did not go as planned, they were an unforgettable way to see New Zealand in its rawest form. And I took my camera along for the journey. 

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