The north coast of the South Island

04 November 2016 – 398,1km

I must say that this part worth at least 2 days.

Picton is a little town that seems to be painted on a rock.


From here you can drive the beautiful and winding Queen Charlotte Drive. A must to to and see, as this 30 km that drives you to Havelock, are full of scenic lookout on the Sounds.

Queen Charlotte Drive

I do suggest ask to drive a part of the road to French Pass. Very demanding, but with spectacular view. We just drove until Okiwi Bay.

Okiwi Bay

Then we continue until Nelson. I do not know why, it could be the weather or other, I did not like at all Nelson. It is a flat city with some industry and wineyard. If you need to stop, don’t choose Nelson!

Havelock, the world Capital of the green mussel!

And then we start driving thorough the “Hell” to arrive to the Golden Coast… magic!!! Takaka, where we slept, is an hippy town.

The “Hell”

We spent the full afternoon visiting the north part to Wharakaiki beach. Spectacular, breathtaking! And if you have more time, I do suggest a walk to discover the tongue of sand of Cape Farewell. We just saw it from Puponga. Amazing!

driving to Puponga
Wharariki beach
Farewell split
Wharariki beach
The red sunset along the way to Takaka

Then we are at the Mussel inn, to try the green mussels, homemade beer and the pavlova cake. Everything completely organic!

Pavlova cake
Green mussel


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