On the second half of my dad’s trip to New Zealand we took a road trip toward the very top of the south island. You can read about the first part of our road trip here.
I had to work during the week, so we went back to Nelson for a few days. It rained for three days straight, but we didn’t mind because the weekend was prime weather.
Day One: Kaiteriteri Beach
I took a half day at work and during the afternoon, we drove up to Kaiteriteri, one of my favorite spots in New Zealand. The golden beaches, the crystal blue water and magical rock formations – it just can’t get better than this.
We went back to Nelson for the night, as I had work for a bit the next day.
Day Two: Takaka Hill and Paynes Ford
In the late afternoon, we made our way to Takaka and spent the night at Takaka Camping and Cabins. We stopped by Paynes Ford, one of the huge rock climbing areas. My dad is big into rock climbing so we walked around and had a chat with some climbers.
Day Three: Wainui Falls and Abel Tasman National Park (Northern Entrance – Totaranui)
Right away in the morning, we went back to Paynes Ford so my dad could do some rock climbing. He met guys from Wales who had ropes and belayed him. This was the one thing he really wanted to do in New Zealand, so I was pumped he was able to do it.
We then drove up to Wainui Falls, it’s about a relatively easy 60-90 minute return walk. It was a gorgeous place but you couldn’t stand there for too long, otherwise you got soaked.
Just down the road was the entrance to Abel Tasman National Park. I ended up getting some sort of heat sickness this day and immediately jumped in the water – wasn’t feeling up to walking.
Day Four: Abel Tasman National Park (Southern Entrance – Marahau)
Abel Tasman National Park is one of my favorite places in New Zealand – especially the Coastal Track. We rented a kayak and paddled ourselves silly. As soon as we got into the water, the wind picked up (Murphy’s Law, amirite?) which made it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO PADDLE. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get to Adele Island and about an hour to get back haha.. I think I blacked out for a bit on the way there, the water kept splashing in my face and my arms went numb. Woo fun times!! Unfortunately, we didn’t see seals as I had hoped. I’m determined to see some before I leave New Zealand!
I’m so thrilled my dad was able to experience this incredible country! It was also fun playing translator, even if it is an English speaking country. Read my 22 of my favorite kiwi slang terms here!