We ended our already amazing holiday in New Zealand with a 3 day trip on Simply Wild with Gourmet Sailing. We could not have asked for a better experience! We had a few email exchanges with Milo to plan the trip and choose activities that would make our time sailing personal (every excursion is customized). Kimberly arranged to meet us at the Nelson airport (where we dropped our rental car), and then drove us to the beach to board the yacht--a beautiful spacious boat with large cabins complete with a bathroom (including shower) in each. We were in the most capable of hands with our captain, Claire and stewardess, Kimberly. We spent each evening in a different quiet anchorage in the Abel Tasman Park. The meals were outstanding and the service impeccable (and the sights and sounds pretty special, too!). Our days were filled with kayaking, hiking, sailing and even a private gourmet lunch on the beach! Claire and Kimberly are really knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the park, and had lots of tips about places to hike when we went ashore to the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. We were lucky enough to see blue penguins, a large pod of dolphins, seals, goats (on the Track) and lots and lots of different birds. After a lovely long sail across the bay on our third day, Kimberly took us back to the airport (after a quick stop to say goodbye to Milo as well as a stop at the local market for Tim Tams!) where she waited with us to be sure we were indeed checked in for our flight. Thank you to Milo, Kimberly, Claire and Angela for making us feel so very special and like family all at once...it was an absolutely brilliant way to end our trip!
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