Tasman and Golden Bay – Top of The South

Able Tasman – my FAVORITE place! Across all South Island, the Southern Alps were stunning. Tasman Bay and Golden Bay TOPPED the charts. Maybe it was the joy of seeing new things after lockdown and/or the luxury of additional time. The experience was perfection.

In May (autumn) we stayed 10 days in Kaiteriteri, south of Able Tasman Park. No tramping on the Great Walk, but daily hikes and car trips with every turn a surprise.

Kaiteriteri & Split Apple Rock

Our house provided stupendous views of the valley and Tasman bay. Nearby trails were so pretty one couldn’t stop walking.

A short walk to Split Apple Rock Beach where tiny caves were works of art.

The Kaiteriteri Track – a short hike over a hill to the sea.

Kohi Track – A secret bush walk behind our house.

Golden Bay, aptly named, and oh, so welcoming!

Takaka Hill Road is the mountain pass between Tasman Bay and Golden Bay. “The Hill” is winding, precipitous and stunning.

Pohara, a beach community in Golden Bay – It is calling me back.

Harwoods Hole – LOTR (Lord of the Rings) forest scenes

Deep moss-draped forest to NZ’s deepest vertical shaft (600 ft) accessible only to cavers who abseil (rope down). There is no “peeking over the edge” into the giant sinkhole…but very possible to slip and tumble.

Takaka Hill Walkway

5.1k through scrub, karst landscape and beech forest. Payoff: Views of Kahurangi National Park and Takaka Valley.

A Surprise at Every Turn

Forest Fungi

Alpacas and Scottish Longhorn cattle – Canaan Downs Road


Oyster Catcher

Things We Missed

  1. Stay in Pohara/Golden Bay
  2. Takaka
  3. Use Aqua Taxi or Sea Shuttle (3-day passport) for Able Tasman Great Coastal Walk
  4. Wainui Falls
  5. Mussel Inn lunch
  6. Pupu Springs

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12 thoughts on “Tasman and Golden Bay – Top of The South

  1. The pictures are all breath taking!


    1. Thank you, for seeing the beauty. It is incredible, and I appreciate you reaching out.


  2. Hmmm… I don’t know why my post came up anonymous… I guess I forgot to add my name. 😳

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  3. So many beautiful things to see and never enough time, no matter what. Beautiful photos, as usual!

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    1. I totally forgot how pretty this leg was, and thank you for saying so. I never mentioned the wine…oh my goodness, we found one or two sublime wineries!


  4. All so beautiful…I can totally relate to several photos that look similar to here. We don’t see the sandpipers tho! They were one of my favorite birds in FL watching their little feet scamper so quickly!

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    1. Ahhh, Linda! You describe it well. Miss you, but love talking weekly.


  5. Oh how I loved this post! And laughed out loud at the jogging bird and the singing/barking bird 🙂

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    1. If I can make you laugh…that is enough reward!


  6. So beautiful. 😍

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. Stay safe, my friend!


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