We were up and out of Nelson before 8 and heading north on Highway 60, “The Takaka Hill Highway”, towards Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay. Although Dave is fervently in love with Highway 6, even he had to admit that this one, with signs saying “Sharp bends. Next 25kms”, more hairpins than you can shake a stick at and views like this took some beating!
A proper day at the seaside!
At about 4pm we turned round and did Takaka Hill all over again; Dave has still got a big grin on his face. With our ears popping at the bottom we turned off on a little track that went up the Riwaka Valley to the emergence of the perfectly clear, but ice cold river from a marble cave; very impressive, but the camera couldn’t do it justice. The valley was very pretty though.