New Zealand Day 6 – Picton to Golden Bay

Today we travelled from Picton to Pohara in Golden Bay.

We took the Queen Charlotte Track today from Picton to Havelock. The coastal scenery is beautiful lush rainforest. The ‘track’ is actually much more than that, a road much like Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, only windier and steeper and narrower! Apparently it’s very popular for mountain bikers and there was a bike race on today. There was a real mixture of bike riders; ages, bike types and experience. The riders were stretched out almost the entire length of the road – a gorgeous drive and a very challenging bike ride.

The road from Havelock took us to Nelson, where we had lunch at a Thai restaurant, then on to Motueka. From Motueka the road takes you up and around Motueka Hill to Takaka. This is an absolutely stunning drive on extremely narrow roads with steep drop-offs and with dramatic look-outs and dramatic views. Once again the vegetation is lush rainforest that turns into the even more lush valley floor of Takaka.

From Takaka it’s a short drive to Pohara where we are staying for 3 nights in a cabin in a bush setting a short walk from the beach. The stretch of road along the coast has cute warning signs about the little blue penguins that cross the road along here.

The cabins aren’t flash, but the setting is really peaceful and there are lots of birds. We also saw our first hedgehog! It was in the grass near our cabin and was having a good old scratch when we walked past it. Stephen saw it trundle on down through the yard late in the day.

Picton Harbour

Picton Harbour

Queen Charlotte Drive

Queen Charlotte Drive

Queen Charlotte Sound

Queen Charlotte Sound

Lookout Above Havelock

Lookout Above Havelock

View To Kahurangi National Park

View To Kahurangi National Park

Takaka Hill Road

Takaka Hill Road

Sandcastle Cottages

Sandcastle Cottages

View From Our Deck

View From Our Deck

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