Gorgeous Golden BayIf 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!
Queenstown Snooze / Eat / Cruise TourAfter taking in the sights and adrenalin rush that is Queenstown, sit back, relax and marvel at one of the most stunning places in the world – Milford Sound. Enjoy unparalleled views from a glass roof coach during this beautiful day tour before... read more
We suffered most of the weather in the north. Some of the bays and the drives were wet wet and grey. Some roads flooded too but we were able to drive through most of the time.
Cape Reinga was in such a thick fog that we could not see our feet.
Otherwise, we were lucky with blue sky and sun for all the tours and walks. The Abel Tasman national park is still one of our favourite area. Great walks. And I even had a swim or two while waiting for the return boat. A bit chill but so refreshing. Kevin wasn't that adventurous.
We've learned that the Tasman sea is 4°C warmer! Nicer to swim but it will probably cause more storms/ cylones.
After Te Anau, we changed our program a bit to drive back via the west coast which is more spectacular. And when in Fox Glacier the sun was there again after the rain and we booked a scenic flight over the glaciers and Mount Cook. One of the best impulsive decision we ever made.
There's a lot of other countries we still have to discover but we are nevertheless thinking to come back. Probably with a campervan this time to have more freedom. Because some days, the driving was a tad too long.
We should be ambassadors for NZ because we don't cease to talk about your magnificent country, beyond the call of beauty, to every body. Lots of pictures too on Instgram.
Thanks again for your help and organisation.
K & I, Australia - Feb 2018
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