1. Its our first time visiting the park, and it will likely be early December. Is the water too cold at that time for kayaking ( likely get sprayed a bit, water sloshed into kayak, sitting in wet clothes, etc)? Would it be better at that time to take more of a touring boat instead of kayak?
2. We arrive to New Zealand Nov 22, and had planned to do North Island and then South Island. Have a total of 5 weeks in New Zealand. Seems South Island is very busy in December. Would it be better to switch the order of the islands and do South Island first?
3. Has anyone any info about taking a mailboat around in Abel Tasman?
4. Ive read you can't see many seals at that time bec of breeding. Is that right? If so, do you think our time would better be spent hiking and boating along shore, skipping the islands - or should we still include the islands?