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Tuesday 30 August, 2016

Gorgeous Golden Bay

If you're into gorgeous beach scenery, take time to visit beautiful Golden Bay at the northern tip of the South Island.

Providing the beautiful coastline for both the Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park, Golden Bay’s remoteness is one if its finest assets.    From Motueka, it is rather a grueling drive over the Takaka Hill, the only way in and the only way out of Golden Bay by road.  But the trip is worth it!  Check out the plethora of local art and craft in the small towns, try fishing for salmon at Anatoki Salmon, stroll the long, languid beach at Pohara or sink your toes into the golden sand at Tata Beach.  Bliss!

Horse riding on Pohara Beach

Horse riding on Pohara Beach

Golden sand on Tata Beach

Golden sand on Tata Beach

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What our clients say
We had a brilliant trip and can't thank you enough for all your excellent arrangements. The whole car hire was so good - easy pickup and drop off, good to take it over on the ferry and it was a lovely car - neither of us have automatics but we did appreciate it on all those twisty mountain roads. The motels were excellent, and fully met and even exceeded our needs and expectations. They were all spotless, comfortable and well equipped. We particularly liked the ones at Portobello, Clyde, Kaiteriteri, Whitianga and not forgetting Christchurch. The locations were spot on, convenient for access and often with lovely views. We loved staying at the Chateau in Tongariro. Such a beautiful hotel, with great food - we had a huge room, and a huge bathroom with a spa bath, which was much appreciated when we hobbled in after doing the Crossing! While on the subject, we had spa baths in a couple of other places too. We also really appreciated the location of the motel in Wellington as it was so easy to find on the highway (I must admit I had been a bit nervous about finding it in a strange city).
Thank you again for the refund on the motel at Kaiteriteri, much appreciated as it did cover the cost of the Greymouth motel.
People keep asking me what were the highlights of the trip, and it's very hard to say. I just loved the country, so beautiful, unpopulated, and with friendly people everywhere. We were challenged to our limits by the Tongariro Crossing, saw amazing wildlife - blue penguins, seals, Albatross, kiwis and enjoyed great food everywhere as the quality of your fish, lamb and steak is of the highest. We had the best fish and chips ever in the shop in Portobello!
The three places I would have loved to spend more time in were Portobello, Kaiteriteri (to walk the whole of the Abel Tasman which is so beautiful) and Whitianga as again, the Coromandel is an incredibly beautiful area. While we were there we had a wonderful afternoon at The Lost Spring, with fantastic massages - would definitely recommend that to everyone!
We enjoyed it all and I, at least, have been left wanting to see and do more, so who knows, might be back!
Thanks again for all your superb work on our behalf, which made it all so smooth and easy for us.
Hope all is well with you, Very best wishes,

J & C, UK - Feb 2018
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