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the Falls River which can be boated by powerboats and trailer sailers at high tide. It pays to be patient – the tidal flow at the entrance is extreme if tackled more than two hours before high tide and the course changes often. Trailer sailers need to remember to check their mast doesn't get fouled in trees overhead. In 1942, exactly 300 years after Abel Tasman’s first trip to the area, the area was gazetted as a national park and in 1993 its first reserve was created to protect marine species. Protected areas include the Tonga (meaning “south wind”) Island Marine Reserve and the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve, which protect the foreshore and inlets. Boaties cruising Abel Tasman often see dolphins and New Zealand fur seals which breed and feed in the area. Sea birds include little blue penguins, shags, shearwaters and waders such as herons in the shallows of inlets and estuaries. When navigating Abel Tasman, keep the tide chart handy as many of the bays and anchorages have shallow draft at low tide. A native wood pigeon, kereru, at Abel Tasman National Park. subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 49 Feature_Abel tasman_Feb14.indd 49 21/01/2014 9:59:41 a.m.
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