Our hike ended as the sun dropped in the sky. We had started the last segment of the Abel Tasman Coast Track at mid-morning and felt pretty tired by late afternoon, as we approached the town of Marahau, New Zealand.
At the end, the dirt path turned into wooden boardwalk crossing an expansive estuary. We’d never been on a boardwalk this long. The view of the wetlands called for cameras to come out as well as binoculars. Despite fatigue setting in, we wanted to stay longer to look at the wetlands and to watch the white-faced herons, variable oystercatchers, a banded rail, pied stilts, silvereyes, welcome swallows, and grey ducks.
After leaving the park, we stopped at a little sculpture garden directly across from the Park Café in Marahau. The garden needed a little care, but we loved the sunflower that waved in the breeze.