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
Alpacas and Scottish Longhorn cattle – Canaan Downs Road
Things We Missed
- Stay in Pohara/Golden Bay
- Use Aqua Taxi or Sea Shuttle (3-day passport) for Able Tasman Great Coastal Walk
- Wainui Falls
- Mussel Inn lunch
- Pupii Springs
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