Located in the Abel Tasman National Park Is Split Apple Rock
The Abel Tasman National Park is a spectacular region covering much of the top end of the South Island of New Zealand and is often overlooked as a travel destination. Amongst other spectacles, it is home to Tonga Island and Split Apple Rock, so named as it looks just like an apple that has been split in two.
Just one hours drive from the main city of the area, Nelson, and you can explore the park in many ways. By boat, water taxi, kayaking or hiking. Near by Kaiteriteri acts as a base to start exploring the wonders of this region, the Abel Tasman National Park and Split Apple Rock.
How was Split Apple Rock New Zealand formed?
The geologist say that this rock would have been split in one of the ‘Ice Ages’ that engulfed much of New Zealand The rock would have had a slight fracture or crack in it allowing water would to have seeped into the crack in the rock. As the Ice advanced and temperatures dropped the water froze and in doing so expanded, causing the rock to split open like an apple.
The Legends of how the rock split
Legend has it that the rock was split, like an apple, by the sword of Zeus while battling with Neptune over the hand of Dione. Zeus actually won that battle and the hand of Dione. How the rock found its way to NZ remains a mystery”
However I prefer the second myth which is a Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) legend :-
“Two gods were scrapping/fighting over the rock and decided to halve it to end the wrangle”.
Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park also offers visitors a variety of other options from kayaking, tramping, nature watching to sight seeing cruises aboard a wide variety of vessels.
I have taken a couple of trips up the coast of the park, one in a Water Taxi which was nice and personal with an awesome guide who was obviously interested in what he did. The other was a cruise, with a group of my passengers on a holiday in New Zealand, aboard one of the larger boats. Leaving from Kaiteriteri we headed north-west towards Farewell Spit. Although the trip doesn’t go that far, it still takes in a number of the beaches and bays in the area and visits a number of places such as the jewel, Split Apple Rock, a shag colony and Tonga Island where there is a New Zealand Fur Seal colony.
Naming of the Park
The Abel Tasman National Park is named after Abel Janszoon Tasman the first accredited European (
The department of conservation (DOC) provide quite an extensive array of tramps/walks, huts and information on the Abel Tasman National Park and it is worth checking out their
How to get there:-
If flying into Nelson Airport, Take State Highway 6 To Richmond, turn right and follow State Highway 60 through Motueka. Follow the signs to Kaiteriteri and at a major Tee intersection turn right to leave SHW 80 and into Riwaka Kaiteriteri Rd and follow the sign posts to Kaiteriteri.
If arriving into Picton off the Inter-Islander ferry, head south to Spring Creek, turn right
GPS Co-Ordinates:- -41.037186,173.017284
A number of kayaking, tramping and water adventure companies.
A Hotel, an excellent camping ground, cafe and local stores
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