Abel Tasman was a Dutch explorer who in the 1640s discovered Tasmania and New Zealand. Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and Tasmania in Australia are named for him. I have been to New Zealand’s North Island three times, but never to South Island. If I were to return, Abel Tasman National Park would be high on my list of places to see. It is reputed to be one of New Zealand’s sunniest spots. The park is a lush sub-tropical rain forest with many ferns and stretches of golden sand beaches interrupted by river estuaries and lagoons. Many are attracted to its mostly level hiking trails. I rented a video about the park entitled Great Walks Of New Zealand – Abel Tasman, Coastal Track from Amazon.