"A natural Lesson about the Tides (Abel Tasman NP)" Nelson/Tasman Favorite Tip by Kakapo2

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  Marahau close to high tide.
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  • Marahau close to high tide. - Nelson/Tasman
      Marahau close to high tide.
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  • Marahau near low tide. - Nelson/Tasman
      Marahau near low tide.
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  • Red shade in the late afternoon. - Nelson/Tasman
      Red shade in the late afternoon.
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  • Painted pattern on the Coastal Walk. - Nelson/Tasman
      Painted pattern on the Coastal Walk.
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  • Water lines on a painted beach. - Nelson/Tasman
      Water lines on a painted beach.
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Favorite thing: The Abel Tasman National Park is one of the most fascinating places to watch the changing tides. Of course, this is partly due to those incredible colours of the sand that also change their shades and patterns.

Sure, you have changing tides in all other parts of the world. But watching the tide retreat here is like watching a painting develop in the sand. Not to speak of the incredibly dark orange colour the beaches take in the setting sun, with the sculptured compact wet sand setting abstract fantasy patterns.

On the first two photos you have a view of Marahau, taken from the same spot, with not even two hours between the photos. On the first one you see the area near high-tide, like an island in the sea, on the second one it looks more like an oasis in the desert.

Photo 3: Red shades in the afternoon.

Photo 4: Painted pattern on the beach.

Photo 5: Water lines on a beach before the sea wipes out the painting in the sand.

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  • Updated Nov 20, 2007
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