Our next stop after Abel Tasman was Golden Bay. Golden Bay's beaches are very different than Abel Tasman. Instead of white sand beaches and heaps of tourists, Golden Bay is much more calm, and the terrain is much more wild. Drift wood and abundant bird life made this a great stop for a few nights. We rented a cabin that was just a ten second walk over a small dune to get to the beach. Miles long, it was great for walking. The water was warm and shallow and little swell coming in made it great fun to surf the kayaks. Wish we could have stayed longer but Mark's sis Brenda had a ferry to catch and we had a bit more hiking to do.