Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

A top-10 dream sea kayak destination

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Little did Dutchman Abel Tasman realize when he spotted New Zealand 360 years ago that the South Island’s crown jewel of kayaking would soon be named after him. Located at the north end of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park boasts more than 37,000 acres to explore by kayak, with sandy beaches for those wishing to camp beneath the Southern Cross and huts for those who prefer shelter. Look for abundant birdlife, seals, emerald-green waters, plentiful hiking trails–and, of course, friendly New Zealand hospitality. Outfitter: New Zealand Adventures, (503) 932-4925.