One of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, if not the world, Golden Bay is aptly named both for the colour of it's beaches and constant rays of sunshine.
(Ok...I may be a little bias as most of my childhood summers were spent here)
Located at the top of the south island, the Abel Tasman is filled with golden coastlines, native bush tracks, home grown produce and local artisans.
Here are a few of my local favourites :
Toad Hall, based in Motueka - As a family tradition we stop here for their fresh fruit ice creams then hit the twisty Takaka hills. Good luck!
Takaka Town - Is its own artisan ecosystem and your main hub over the hill.
Takaka food & craft markets - Run every Saturday, October - May / During winter the first Saturday of the month. (9am - 1:30pm)
Pupu Springs - largest freshwater springs. Crystal clear waters!
Mussel Inn - Try catch a live music show - Rustic kiwi woodshed bar - They produce their own local beers, ales, ciders and soft drinks.
Farewell Spit - at the tip of the South Island, it is New Zealand’s longest sand spit and internationally renowned bird sanctuary. Only a short swim to the mainland.
Wainui Falls - If your on your way to Totaranui this is a must stop. A quick tramp up to the waterfall. Find a water hole along the river to have a very ‘fresh’ dip. During the summer there is a locally run cafe based at the car park.
Abel Tasman Coast Tracks - Lots of epic scenic walking tracks to pick from. Keep in mind the tide times...or you may be swimming home.
The Able Tasman National Park is simply a must-do for all visitors, whether on foot, by kayak, or water taxi, make your way around the never ending bays of beautiful beaches and native forest.
Bidi & Dan