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Marlborough, Nelson Tasman & West Coast Includes: Marlborough Sounds, Blenheim, Picton, Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Greymouth, Hokitika & Westport • Regional Maps & Routes • Things to See and Do • Places to Stay

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Welcome to

magnet for naturelovers, adventureseekers and those in need of some rest and relaxation, the Upper South Island and West Coast regions are also loved by those who appreciate fine wine, an innovative culinary scene and a wide array of cultural attractions.

MARLBOROUGH, NELSON TASMAN & WEST COAST Kayaking Abel Tasman © AbelTasman.com LEFT: Fur seal, West Coast © Staci Offwood

From Marlborough, Nelson Tasman and all the way down the West Coast, this guide provides vital information on activities and attractions, as well as a raft of accommodation options to suit your style and your budget.

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Check out the things to see and do, view the maps and get ready to experience the very best these awesome regions have to offer.

CONTENTS

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced (except brief passages 4 TIPS FOR ROAD TRIPS for the purpose of review), stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form 6 VISITOR INFORMATION or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise, without 7 MARLBOROUGH / NELSON prior written permission of the publishers. Published in September 2018 by AA Tourism Publishing, Level 1, Building 2, 61 Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay, North Shore 0632. PO Box 101 001, North Shore 0745. T. +64 9 966 8720 F. +64 9 966 8721 E. tourism.inquiries@aa.co.nz W. www.aatraveller.co.nz Advertising Enquiries: T. +64 9 966 8720 E. tourism.sales@aa.co.nz COVER IMAGE: Walking, Oparara Arches, West Coast © Fraser Clements / Tourism NZ

64 STORES SOUTH ISLAND WIDE

TASMAN REGIONAL MAP 9 WEST COAST REGIONAL MAP 12 MARLBOROUGH

45 Reefton

30 Motueka

46 CENTRAL WEST COAST

31 Abel Tasman National Park

46 Greymouth

37 Collingwood • Motupiko • St Arnaud 38 Murchison

16 Havelock

42 BULLER DISTRICT

18 Picton

42 Karamea • Little Wanganui • Granity

20 Blenheim

43 Westport

24 NELSON TASMAN & GOLDEN BAY

44 Punakaiki

Call toll free 0800 500 543 or visit your nearest AA Centre

50 Arthur’s Pass

35 Golden Bay

40 WEST COAST

Travelling around

49 Lake Brunner • Moana

34 Kaiteriteri

14 Marlborough Sounds

New Zealand? 2

26 Nelson City

Book your New Zealand holiday at your nearest AA Centre and earn AA Smartfuel discounts*

52 Hokitika 58 Whataroa 59 GLACIER COUNTRY 59 Franz Josef Glacier 62 Fox Glacier • Lake Matheson 63 Paringa • Haast

Accommodation Interislander (Cook Strait Ferry) Transport Car Rental Attractions & Activities * Minimum spend required within a single transaction. AA Smartfuel Terms and Conditions apply.

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Marlborough, Nelson Tasman & West Coast

tips for

road trips New Zealand is great for travelling by car. It’s a long, narrow country with intriguing roads in all directions and while many of those roads are winding and narrow, they all lead somewhere interesting.

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rive to the conditions, don’t be in a rush, and allow for plenty of stops along the way. Be spontaneous. While the plan may involve going from A to B, why not take that back road or explore the side roads? Do your research. Pick up maps and guides from an AA Centre or i-SITE, or check out itinerary ideas online. Book your accommodation online at www.aa.co.nz/travel

Kids in the car? Think about playing some car games and make a point of stopping to let them stretch their legs. New Zealand has plenty of quality, easily accessible playgrounds and even a run on the beach will help everyone enjoy the journey in the long run. Pack snacks. With or without hungry children in the car, it’s a good idea to have some food and bottled water to keep the driver’s energy levels up.

Tahunanui Beach © www.nelsontasman.nz ABOVE RIGHT: Collecting fresh eggs, Vines Village © Vines Village, Blenheim

Pack a picnic

On a budget

Wherever you are in New Zealand, you’re not far from a decent cuppa. Aside from a network of lovingly run cafés, there are coffee carts and takeaway bars all over the country. Most modern service stations have a good range of hot and cold drinks and a selection of pies, sandwiches and ice creams. But if you’re keen to enjoy the special nature of New Zealand’s isolated, scenic beauty – consider packing a picnic. That way, you can spontaneously stop at a beach or park, find a shady spot, and take a break in peace and solitude.

Some travel costs you can’t do much about, though it pays to shop around for rental car deals – and a huge range of accommodation options translates to a range of related prices, too. From camping at Department of Conservation (DOC) sites, to booking into high-end, beachside resorts – the price of a bed for the night varies significantly. If you’re watching your dollars, here’s how to save: • Consider travelling in off-peak season. The height of New Zealand summer – mid-December to March – is when New Zealand families are holidaying. If you can take your road trip earlier or later, you’ll save on accommodation costs. • Keep an eye out for Farmer’s Markets. Many towns and cities run markets on weekend days. They’re a great place to pick up cheaper fruit, vegetables, fish, free-range eggs, artisan bread, honey and a lot more – and the produce is likely to be super fresh and probably organic. • Orchards, market gardens and berry farms selling direct from the gate are well worth stopping for. They tend to operate on the

honesty box system, so ensure you have coins for very good deals on apples, citrus, feijoas, nuts, grapes and vegetables. • Shop around for petrol. Some service stations are cheaper than others.

your travels and redeem them in the shape of discounts on petrol. • Pick up free AA maps and travel guides from AA Centres and i-SITES.

Keep in a basket or box in the boot of your car: Picnic rug Thermos flask Cups Small plates Sharp knife Small chopping board

Teaspoon Tea bags Long-life milk Jar of honey Tinned sardines Jar of mayonnaise or vinaigrette On the day you’re travelling, add: Hot water to the thermos

• Pick up an AA Smartfuel Membership, collect points on

‘Eye spy with my little eye, something beginning with…’ An easy-to-learn classic.

Have on hand: Mobile phone Insect repellent Sun block Hand sanitiser Tissues

• Torch • First aid kit • Plastic bag for rubbish

On your travels, stop for: Fresh bread Artisan cheese Fruit Tomatoes, lettuce, herbs

Car games

In the glovebox • • • • •

Crackers Pickles and olives Sweet biscuits

Car colours: Everyone on board chooses a colour and proceeds to count all the cars of that colour, until the next stop. Memory game: Start with: ‘I’m going on a picnic and I’m taking an apple’. The next player repeats it and adds a food beginning with a b. ‘I’m going on a picnic and I’m taking an apple and a banana…’ and so on, through the alphabet.

TALKING TE REO Nau mai, haere mai – welcome. Maori, also known as te reo, is an official language of New Zealand. Here are a few commonly used words and phrases: Aotearoa – the Māori name for New Zealand. It translates to ‘land of the long white cloud’. Marae – the traditional meeting place, including the meeting house Whare – house, building Hui – a gathering or conference Haka – a dance, with chanting, meant to challenge Whanau – extended family Kia ora – hello Thunder Creek Falls, Haast © BackpackerGuide.NZ

Mōrena – good morning Haere mai – welcome Haere rā – goodbye

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Kai – food Tena koe – greeting to one person Tena koutou – greeting to a group Tangata whenua – people of the land Waka – canoe, vehicle Tapu – sacred Taonga – treasure, prized Iwi – tribe Nui – big Roto – lake Wai – water Awa – river

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• All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. International credit cards can be used, provided they have a four-digit pin number encoded.

• Goods and services are taxed at 15%. This tax is usually included in the advertised price.

SAFETY FIRST

• It pays to have travel insurance when visiting New Zealand.

• Please don’t swim alone and take particular care at surf beaches. Rips are strong currents of water running out to sea; they are very dangerous for swimmers, but are difficult to identify. If the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, always swim between the red and yellow flags as they identify the safest area to swim.

• Always lock your car and never leave valuables in vehicles. • Keep your valuables, such as your passport, stored securely at your accommodation. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. • Carry a mobile phone at all times. • Don’t leave your bags unattended in public places.

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Golden Bay

Tarakohe Totaranui Pohara Awaroa Beach

Takaka

Heaphy Track (NZ Great Walk)

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FRANZ JOSEF 63 Cron St www.glaciercountry.co.nz

Scotts Beach

GREYMOUTH 164 Mackay St www.westcoasttravel.co.nz

Mariri

Kayaking the Abel Tasman

Dovedale

Weather Watch

Little Wanganui

Brightwater

Tapawera

Nelson, Tasman & Motupiko Golden Bay

Be conscious that New Zealand’s UV is very strong. Always protect your skin from the sun.

Kohatu

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Cable Bay Whangamoa

Nelson Market

Skywire

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New Zealand’s official weather forecaster is MetService, available online, where you’ll find up-to-date information on localised areas, as well as specifically for marine and surf, mountains and parks. Local and national radio stations also regularly update weather predictions. Tune in on the car radio. Average summer

Average winter

Nelson

21.9oC

13.0oC

Marlborough

23.3oC

13.2oC

West Coast

19.3oC

12.5oC

Stoke Tahunanui

Richmond

Wakefield

Kawatiri

River

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Okiwi Bay Duncan Bay

Buller Gorge 6

Buller Gorge

Gowanbridge

Murchison Lake Rotoroa 65

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Picton

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Blenheim

Marlborough Food & Wine Festival Clifford Bay

Seddon

Marlborough

Lake Grassmere/ Kapara Te Hau Cape Campbell

Lake Grassmere Ward

Lake Rotoiti

Rainbow Ski Field

Cook Strait

Tuamarina Spring Creek

Wairau Valley

Brothers Island

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Renwick

Tophouse

Saint Arnaud

Marlborough Sounds

Endeavour Inlet

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Nelson Lakes National Park

Kekerengu

NELSON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

VICTORIA FOREST PARK

Regional Boundary Lines

MAP REFERENCE AA Centre SH 1-9

Sealed

Unsealed

SH 10-99

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Lewis Pass 7

Major Roads

Lewis Pass

Whale Watching

Railway

Eat crayfish in Kaikoura

State Highway Shield

Kaikoura

LAKE SUMNER FOREST PARK

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs

HANMER FOREST PARK 7A

1

HIKURANGI MARINE RESERVE

7

1

Must-Do’s i-SITE Visitor Centre DOC Information/ Visitor Centre

Domestic Airport Dive

LAKE SUMNER FOREST PARK

Go to www.aatraveller.co.nz for travel ideas, itineraries, online maps and time and distance calculator.

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Tasman Bay

Motueka

Tasman Mapua Upper Moutere

Oparara

Horse riding, Whaririki Beach © www.nelsontasman.nz

Temperatures

Riwaka

Oparara Basin

French Pass

Marahau Kaiteriteri

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Upper Takaka

KAHURANGI NATIONAL PARK

Karamea

It’s important to know what’s happening with the weather. New Zealand’s weather is changeable and unpredictable; parts of the country are susceptible to cyclones, other parts to strong winds and heavy rain. Sudden drops in temperature can take you from hot days to cold nights, especially in spring and autumn, so be prepared. Carry extra clothing, rain gear, sun hats and sun block.

TONGA ISLAND MARINE RESERVE

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

ST RA IT

Te Waikoropupu Springs Scenic Reserve

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Rangitoto ki te Tonga (D’Urville Island)

Separation Point

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NORTH-WEST NELSON FOREST PARK

Look for the mark of Quality Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism’s official mark of quality. When a business displays a Qualmark rating, you can be sure that the business has been independently assessed and has met strict quality standards. The Sustainable Tourism Business Awards (Gold, Silver or Bronze) also gives a guide to travellers to recognise the business’s performance against the Sustainable Tourism Business criterion.

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NELSON Millers Acre Centre 77 Trafalgar St www.nelsonNZ.com

Kahurangi Point

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• Arrival and departure times (check-in and check-out) are generally from 2pm on the day of arrival and by 10am on the day of departure. Other arrival and departure times must be by arrangement.

WESTPORT Coaltown Museum, 123 Palmerston St www.buller.co.nz

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Did You Know?

MOTUEKA 20 Wallace St www.motuekaisite.co.nz

Stephens Island (Takapourewa)

Cape Stephens

Collingwood

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International direct dialling 00 followed by country code, area code & local number.

REEFTON 67-69 Broadway www.reefton.co.nz

30km

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National direct dialling full area code (with the 0 prefix) and local number.

PICTON The Foreshore www.marlboroughnz.com

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HOKITIKA 36 Weld St www.hokitika.org

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International operator.........................0170

BLENHEIM 8 Sinclair St www.marlboroughnz.com

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Local operator.......................................... 010

i-SITE VISITOR CENTRES

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BUSINESS HOURS Offices and businesses operate MondayFriday, 8.30am-5pm; some tourist agencies and airlines have longer hours. Petrol (gas) stations often open 24 hours, stocking food and newspapers. Shops are usually open 9am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday. Supermarkets, grocery stores, some large retail chains, shopping malls and markets also operate Saturdays and Sundays.

Emergency services FREE CALL.................................................. 111

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS

NELSON 45 Halifax St Ph: +64 3 548 8339

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BANKING / TRAVELLERS’ CHEQUES Banks open Monday-Friday (except public holidays), 9.30am-4.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays in some shopping malls. Automatic Teller Machines operate on a card/PIN number system. Use of EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) is common.

BLENHEIM 23 Maxwell Rd Ph: +64 3 578 3399

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Useful information and valuable tips to help you on your travels around New Zealand.

• It is not obligatory to tip in New Zealand, including in restaurants and bars. However, if you wish to tip for good service, this is always welcome.

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AA CENTRES

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VISITOR INFO

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Waiau 7

Culverden

The Classic NZ Wine Trail NZ Cycle Trail Te Araroa Trail

Golf Lighthouse Skiing Tramping

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Motueka MAP REFERENCE

KAHURANGI MARINE RESERVE

AA Centre Motorway

Sealed

SH 1-9

Unsealed

Oparara Basin

State Highway Shield

Little Wanganui

50km

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Must-Do’s DOC Information/ Visitor Centre

Buller Gorge

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Westport

Domestic Airport Golf

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Cape Foulwind

Lighthouse Tramping

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Charleston

Pancake Rocks & Blowholes Punakaiki

Central West Coast

NZ Cycle Trail Te Araroa Trail

Barrytown Rapahoe Dunollie

Regional Boundary Lines

Kumara Beach

TASMAN SEA

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WAIAU GLACIER COAST MARINE RESERVE

Jacksons Otira

Arthur’s Pass 73

CHRISTCHURCH

Lake Coleridge

Pukekura

Lake Heron

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Southern Lights

Haast Pass

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Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd

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Fairlie 8

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Temuka

Pleasant Point Timaru

Twizel

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Waimate 82 83

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Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct

Lake Hawea Rob Roy Glacier Track

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

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Lake Benmore

Omarama Lake Hawea

Burkes Pass

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SH6 Upper Buller Gorge, Murchison Freephone 0800 BULLER www.bullergorge.co.nz

The Hermitage

Mount Cook

Lake Ohau

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HAUTAI MARINE RES

Ashburton

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Haast

Lake Wanaka

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Aoraki Mt Cook

National Park WESTLAND/ TAI POUTINI Aoraki/Mount Cook Lake NATIONAL 3754 Tekapo PARK Aoraki/

Lake Pukaki

MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK

Akaroa

Methven

AORAKI/ MOUNT Franz Josef & COOK Fox Glaciers NATIONAL L.Matheson PARK

Lake Paringa

Jackson Bay

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Whataroa

State Highway 6

Lake Moeraki

Kaiapoi

World Christchurch’s Buskers Festival Street Art

Harihari

Fox Glacier

TAUPARIKAKA MARINE RES H a as t Ri ve r

Rangiora

TranzAlpine

Franz Josef/Waiau

Bruce Bay

Amberley

Hokitika Gorge

Okarito Lagoon

The Lake Matheson Walk

Culverden

Waiau Cheviot

Akaroa

Westland Glacier Okarito Lagoon Country Okarito

• Historical gold workings • Earthquake fault-line • Bush walks • Comet line rides • Jet-boat rides • Gold panning

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ARTHUR’S PASS NATIONAL PARK

Kokatahi

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7A

Lake Sumner

L Kaniere

Ross

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Hanmer Springs

7 LAKE SUMNER FOREST PARK

Haupiri

L Brunner (Moana) 73

Hanmer Springs

Maruia

Totara Flat Bell Hill

Kaikoura

Lake Tennyson

Springs Junction

Paroa Moana

Hokitika H ok

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Nelson Lakes National Park

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Reefton

Brunner

Kumara Junction Kumara

Enjoy the thrill of crossing the longest swingbridge in New Zealand

FOREST PARK

Greymouth South Beach

NELSON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

69 VICTORIA

Ahaura

6

Murchison

Carters Beach

Punakaiki

PUNAKAIKI MARINE RESERVE

Marlborough Food & Wine Festival

Saint Arnaud

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PAPAROA NATIONAL PARK

Blenheim

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Granity Waimangaroa

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International Airport

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Mokihinui Seddonville

Buller District

i-SITE Visitor Centre

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

MOUNT RICHMOND FOREST PARK

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Brightwater Richmond Wakefield

Karamea

Major Roads Railway

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KAHURANGI NATIONAL PARK

Oparara

Nelson Market

Oamaru

Wanaka 8A

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Moeraki Boulders

Fleur’s Place

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SOUTH ISLAND MAP

Cape Farewell Farewell Spit

Golden Bay

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Okiwi Bay Hira

Mapua

Rai Valley

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Little Wanganui

Kenepuru Head Te Mahia Portage Havelock Waikawa

Picton

Richmond

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Tuamarina Spring Creek

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Westport

Cape Foulwind

Granity

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Lake Grassmere/ Kapara Te Hau Cape Campbell

Rainbow Ski Area

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Lake Rotoiti

Murchison

Inangahua

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Seddon Lake Grassmere

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Carters Beach

Renwick

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Oparara

Karamea Bight

MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

French Pass (Anaru)

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Marahau

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Ngarua Caves

Oparara Basin

Karamea

Rangitoto ki te Tonga (D’Urville Island)

Totaranui

Pohara

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Takaka

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Tata Beach

Bainham

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Pakawau Collingwood

Kekerengu 1

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Reefton 6

Ikamatua

TASMAN SEA

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Lake Coleridge

Lake Coleridge Lake Heron

Fox Glacier

Lake Ohau Alpine Village

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Bannockburn

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Lake Wakatipu

North Mavora Lake

Remarkables Ski Field

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Waimate

Naseby

Lauder Omakau

Clyde

Ranfurly

W ait ak

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Roxburgh

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Hampden

Lake Onslow

Middlemarch

Waikouaiti Karitane

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Tapanui

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Tuatapere

Winton

Otautau

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Kaitangata Kaka Point

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Halfmoon Bay (Oban) Paterson Inlet

Rakiura/ Stewart Island

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Nugget Point

Pounawea

INVERCARGILL Bluff

MAP REFERENCE AA Centre

Balclutha

Clinton

Owaka

Codfish Island

Mason Bay

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DUNEDIN

Milton

Mataura

Edendale

Wallacetown Riverton/ Aparima

Portobello

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Otago Peninsula

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Gore

Lake Poteriteri

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Lawrence

Mandeville

Port Chalmers

Waitati

Lake Mahinerangi

Riversdale

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Moeraki

Palmerston

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Millers Flat

Mosgiel

Lake Hauroko

OCEAN

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Lake Monowai

Balfour

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Oamaru

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Waikaia

Lumsden

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Maheno Herbert Waianakarua

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Duntroon

Danseys Pass

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Banks Peninsula

St Andrews

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Becks Oturehua

Cromwell

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Akaroa

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Lake Dunstan

Frankton

Little River Birdlings Flat

Canterbury Bight

Timaru

Kurow

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Sumner Lyttelton Governors Bay

Ashburton River/ Hakatere

Washdyke

Lake Waitaki

St Bathans

Bay

CHRISTCHURCH

Temuka

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8A Snow Farm NZ

Arrowtown

Queenstown

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Lake Aviemore

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Southbridge

Pegasus

Waimakariri River

New Brighton Beach

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Rakaia

Waikuku Beach Pegasus Woodend

Winchester

Pleasant Point

Twizel

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Otematata

Lindis Pass

Lake Hawea

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Cardrona Alpine Resort

Belfast

Rakaia River

Geraldine

Burkes Fairlie Pass

Lake Ruataniwha

Lake Ohau

Lake Hawea

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Manapouri

Waipara

Leithfield Beach

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Kaiapoi

Tai Tapu Dunsandel

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Hurunui River

Lake Opuha 79 8

Omarama

Wanaka

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Templeton Hororata Rolleston Burnham

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Lake Benmore

Lake McKerrow/ Whakatipu Waitai

Glenorchy

Lake Tekapo

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Lake Pukaki

Lake Wanaka

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Darfield

Ashburton

Mt Dobson Ski Field

Ohau Snow Field

Makarora

Homer Tunnel

Methven

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Mayfield

Mt Brewster . 2423

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Lake Alabaster/ Wawahi Waka

Glentunnel

Lake Tekapo

Haast Pass/ Tioripatea

Lake Wilmot

Mount Somers

Lake Camp

Rangiora

Oxford

Sheffield

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Lake Paringa

Lake Moeraki

Haast

Mt Aspiring / Tititea . 3033

Springfield

Domett

Amberley

Mount Cook

Knights Point

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Big Bay

Rakaia Gorge

Lake Clearwater

Mt Tasman 3498 . 3754 . Aoraki / Mt Cook Aoraki/

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Mount Hutt Ski Field

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Harihari Whataroa Lake Mapourika

Waiau River

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MARLBOROUGH – BRILLIANT EVERY DAY

DISCOVER ONE OF THE SOUTH ISLAND’S MOST PRIZED GEMS, THE MAJESTIC MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS, WHICH ACCOUNT FOR ONE-FIFTH OF NEW ZEALAND’S ENTIRE COASTLINE. After a trip across the Cook Strait on the ferry from Wellington, it’s a welcome sight to enter the tranquil surrounds of the bush-clad Tory channel, the gateway to Marlborough. The Sounds are a maze of seadrowned valleys, fringed with secret, sandy bays that make up Pelorus, Kenepuru, Mahau and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Seals, penguins and rare sea birds live here – and orca and dolphins regularly pass through. The phenomenally beautiful Marlborough Sounds and the region’s outstanding wine and seafood are the major drawcards here.

The ancient hills, draped in lush rainforest, roll down to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean which spreads its fingers creating a maze of sheltered inlets, secluded bays and curious coves. You’ll be lost for words when you encounter this incredible place formed when sea levels rose in the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago and drowned the land.

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Tour world-renowned vineyards on the Marlborough Wine Trail and wet your whistle. See marine life as you sail, fish, dive or paddle a sea kayak, or take a cruise to one of the mussel or salmon farms and dine on fresh seafood plucked straight from the ocean to your plate.

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Marlborough Views from Queen Charlotte Track RIGHT: Wine tasting Brancott Estate BOTH © MarlboroughNZ.com

IT’S BEEN SAID THERE IS NO WINE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD THAT TASTES QUITE LIKE MARLBOROUGH WINE – THE BALANCE OF EXTRAORDINARY PURITY AND INTENSITY OF FLAVOURS IS SUPERB.

WALK OR CYCLE ON THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK AND YOU’LL BE SPOILT WITH VIEWS AND SHADY PATHS THAT DIP DOWN TO THE COAST, WHERE YOU CAN STOP TO FISH, GATHER MUSSELS, OR ENJOY A SWIM. YOU’LL ONLY BE DISTURBED BY OCCASIONAL KAYAKERS PADDLING BY. THE TRACK STRETCHES 70KM FROM HISTORIC MERETOTO/SHIP COVE THROUGH TO ANAKIWA, HOME OF OUTWARD BOUND NEW ZEALAND.

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CLAD PEAKS RISING ABOVE GENTLE, CLEAR BLUE WATERS WHICH ARE OFTEN HOME TO DOLPHINS AND ORCA. at Lochmara Bay is an excellent way to watch blue cod, eels and diving shag up close, and feed the stingray. Take a cruise to see how the mussels are grown and harvested, then eat them fresh out of the water. Walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track, one of New Zealand’s iconic tramping routes, from Ship Cove to Anakiwa and enjoy views that are simply out of this world.

OKIWI BAY HOLIDAY PARK & LODGE

• Scalloping in season, fishing, kayak hire, scenic drives, walks. • Convenience Store: fuel, scuba fills, LPG, groceries, fishing tackle, bait, hot & cold drinks. Tea & coffee. Free WiFi. • Lodge, cabins, tent/power sites, dump point. • Pet-friendly. • NZMCA discounts, off season. 15 Renata Rd, Okiwi Bay, Marlborough Sounds P: +64 3 576 5006 • www.okiwi.co.nz • E: info@okiwi.co.nz

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elax and enjoy the Marlborough Sounds on a boat cruise and try fresh salmon, clams or mussels pulled from the sea. Gently motor from Picton through Queen Charlotte Sound to a salmon farm, learn all about aquaculture and savour a seafood lunch.

BETWEEN NELSON AND BLENHEIM IS A UNIQUE LOCATION. INTENSELY SCENIC, REMARKABLY PEACEFUL AND RICH IN HISTORY, IT’S HOME TO NATIVE BIRDS AND TREES,

Alternatively, set out from Havelock and cruise through the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds to a greenshell mussel farm for a plate of steamed mussels and clams. Wash it down with a glass of Marlborough sauvignon blanc – the region’s flagship variety and an ideal accompaniment.

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isit beautiful Havelock Marina, the departure point for cruises and tours.

Take the mail boat past secluded bays and isolated homesteads. Five species of dolphin live in the pristine waters of the Marlborough Sounds.

Head out on a cruise from Havelock and look for dusky, bottlenose, short-beaked common, orca and Hector’s dolphins. Watch for whales which cruise these waters too. Diving sea birds will also keep you entertained, or go for a swim off the back of the boat.

M Drive 5.5km down Queen Charlotte Drive to a car park for access to the Cullen Point walkways. The Coastal Track is an hour-long loop with views of Pelorus Sound and Havelock. The Lookout Track is a 10-minute walk with views of Mahau Sound.

uscle in on some of the action in the greenshell mussel capital of the world. The Mussel Pot restaurant is a Havelock icon and trying the mussels here should definitely be on your itinerary. Also browse around Havelock Museum and check out the gold strike site at the nearby Wakamarina River, which brought the town into being in 1864.

HAVELOCK after Sir Henry Havelock • 43km NW of Blenheim

Havelock Garden Motel

Pelorus River, Havelock © AATP

HAVELOCK’S ICONIC RESTAURANT 73 Main Rd, Havelock Ph: +64 3 574 2824 Email: musselpot@xtra.co.nz www.themusselpot.co.nz

Your hosts Alan and Karen Day • The Crossroads to Nelson, Blenheim & Picton

• Open lunch and dinner

Gateway to the Pelorus Sounds: Tranquil setting at the heart of Havelock 12 well-appointed units • Guest laundry • Free WiFi • Walking distance to all local amenities Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of New Zealand village life

EXCELLENT RESTAURANTS GREAT FISHING GREEN LIP MUSSEL CAPITAL KAYAKING SCENIC WATER TOURS

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Situated next door to the Mussel Pot 71 Main Rd, Havelock Ph: +64 3 574 2387 E: havelockhideaway@xtra.co.nz

www.gardenmotels.com

• Non seafood dishes

FREEPHONE: 0800 111 171

• Gluten free • Vegetarian 

• Heated mineral swimming pool and cedar hot tub • Range of accommodation to suit all budgets, from standard units, family units to luxury spa units • Large landscaped grounds with many spots to settle down with a book • Marina views

• Just look for the giant pot of mussels on the roof • Open 7 days through spring, summer & autumn • Visit our Facebook page for current seasonal hours

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PICTURESQUE PICTON IS THE PERFECT BASE FOR EXPLORING THE MARLBOROUGH REGION. VENTURE OUT FROM HERE TO WALK THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK OR KICK BACK IN THE HEART OF THE SOUNDS.

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he town sits in a horseshoe curve watching out over a sparkling harbour, welcoming ferries from Wellington and farewelling craft heading to one of the nearby bays. The journey across the

Cook Strait is a rite of passage for New Zealanders and passengers disembarking from the ferry quickly lose their sea legs here. On the foreshore you will find boat and bike hire and dive charters out

to the sunken Mikhail Lermontov. This Russian-built cruise ship ran aground in 1986 and is one of the world’s largest and most accessible shipwrecks. It’s easily accessed by dive charter boat from Picton. There’s also a mini-golf course and

the EcoWorld Aquarium in town. Go to Dunbar Wharf to see the Edwin Fox built in 1853 and reputedly the world’s ninth-oldest wooden vessel. Also see the whaling industry artefacts at Picton Heritage and Whaling Museum.

Other activities include wine tours, paragliding, checking out Marlborough’s lively arts scene and dining overlooking the harbour while enjoying the catch of the day. You can also catch an art-house movie at Picton Cinema.

Enjoy unsullied views of beautiful QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND by walking or mountain biking the Queen Charlotte Track. It takes three to five days to complete the 70km trail, or sample the scenery on some bite-size shorter walks. There are kayaking opportunities along the way. QUEEN CHARLOTTE DRIVE, heading from Picton to Havelock and Nelson, is one of Marlborough’s most scenic roads. There are limitless inspiring views of the Sounds and plenty of places to pull over and be gobsmacked by the scenery. One of the best lookouts is above GOVERNORS BAY. It has unsurpassed vistas in both directions. The lookout above SHAKESPEARE BAY, closer to Picton, has fabulous views of Waimahara Wharf and Shakespeare Bay. Take your time, linger awhile and get your phone ready for countless selfies.

LEFT: People overlooking Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton © davidwallphoto.com ABOVE: Waiting for the boat, Queen Charlotte Track © MarlboroughNZ.com

TIPS FROM THE LOCALS • Walk to Esson’s Valley Reservoir at night; about halfway up the track you will be treated to a glowworm display. The track starts at the end of Garden Terrace. • It’s well worth driving up the Kenepuru Sound (accessible from Queen Charlotte Drive, about 20 minutes from Havelock). The winding road has abundant gorgeous outlooks and resorts to visit. • Watch for wildlife when you’re on the water in the Sounds – stingrays and shags are common sights near the shoreline, but also

keep an eye out for dolphins and seals. • Pack your togs and walking shoes wherever you go or you might miss an opportunity when you come across a swimming spot or inviting walkway. • Take a fishing charter, and make sure you take advantage of the region’s delicious fresh seafood. • Many areas of the Sounds are easily accessed by water taxi, and this will be many times quicker than driving to some of the outer regions.

JASMINE COURT MOTEL

• Quiet/central. Near ferry/shops/waterfront/ restaurants/Queen Charlotte Track departure wharf. Free mountain bikes/golf clubs/BBQ. King-size beds. Dbl spa baths. 43in TV & DVD. • Free WiFi. Accessible units. • Tariff: $139-$265 (1-2 persons). 78 Wellington St, Picton • P: +64 3 573 7110 • Res: 0800 421 999 www.jasminecourt.co.nz • E: info@jasminecourt.co.nz

“SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT LOCATION”

BAY VISTA

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• Completely refurbished 2013

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• Choice of spa bath, shower, kitchenette rooms • Magnificent harbour views • Licensed Restaurant & Bar • Outdoor swimming pool • 800m from ferry terminal

BOOK NOW: 0800 66 22 99 • www.pictonhotel.com

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• All 1 & 2-bedroom apartment-style units have this magnificent view. • Walk to café/restaurant close by in Waikawa Marina. • Only 5min drive from town & Ferry, courtesy transfers available.

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Ferrylink Motel, 43 Kent Street, Picton Phone +64 3 573 7097 Email: info@ferrylinkmotel.co.nz

RESERVATIONS: 0800 22 44 13 BOOK ONLINE:

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GLOWWORMS • Native bush • Set in beautiful Essons Valley • Spacious sites • Unique railway carriages Canterbury St, Picton • 3min drive to ferry • Family-friendly park Ph/Fax: +64 3 573 6378 • Internet facilities • Access-friendly toilets Email: alexanders.picton@xtra.co.nz • Located beside three native bushwalks www.alexanderspicton.co.nz to dams and Picton lookout Your hosts: Anthony & Denise Booker • Pets by arrangement - may incur fee

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Marlborough

Marlborough IF YOU LOVE FABULOUS FOOD AND WINE, YOU WILL BE SPOILT FOR CHOICE IN BLENHEIM. NOT ONLY IS THE TOWN SURROUNDED BY RENOWNED WINERIES, BUT IT HAS FABULOUS EATERIES SERVING FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE.

Blenheim DEVOUR THE GOURMET DELIGHTS AND TAKE YOUR PICK FROM A FEAST OF SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT TRYING MARLBOROUGH’S SAUVIGNON BLANC, WHICH PUT NEW ZEALAND WINE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT AND IS REVERED AROUND THE WORLD.

here’s plenty to see and do in this good-looking town. Blenheim has art galleries, a cinema complex and live theatre.

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contemporary stores, antique shops, galleries, charming cafés and restaurants, as well as sunny, open spaces.

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WWI aircraft and the Dangerous Skies WWII Weta Workshop collaborative exhibition. See the best examples of New Zealand motoring from the 1950s to 1980s at Omaka Classic Cars.

Seek out Marlborough Museum where Beavertown (Blenheim’s original name) in 1900 comes to life in a recreated heritage street. Learn about the Wairau Bar, one of New Zealand’s most significant archaeological sites, and the region’s viticulture and wine history.

Visit a beautiful working lavender farm at Leighvander Cottage. The Makana chocolate factory is where you can watch staff make the delicate sweets, then sample some!

For something more active, play a round of golf, or follow the Wairau Lagoon Walk. The Wither Hills Walkway offers excellent views of the town.

Blenheim is blessed with many lovely parks and gardens, including Seymour Square with its memorial clock tower, and Pollard Park. The town centre is a haven of

LEFT: Relaxing at Wither Hills winery in Marlborough RIGHT: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre BOTH © MarlboroughNZ.com

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Blenheim is a town where you can really indulge in epicurean pleasures. Don’t miss the Vines Village. The Rapaura Rd shopping and dining precinct has large tranquil lakeside grounds with free-range hens. The kids can borrow a basket and go to ‘Chook Manor’ where they can collect fresh eggs and have them cooked for breakfast. Adults will love the themed food on different days of the week. If you are in the area in February, don’t miss the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival. Sample the region’s finest wines and food, see top chefs at work and listen to some good music among the vines at Brancott Estate.

Walks in and around Blenheim

We asked a local about her favourite attractions in and around the Marlborough Sounds...

THE WITHER HILLS FARM PARK’S rolling hills are a Blenheim landmark. This farm park includes a network of walking and biking tracks leading to lookouts over the surrounding area. WAIRAU LAGOON – take a 3-hour loop walk or jump in a kayak. The lagoon is home to around 90 bird species and a shipwreck.

the best Japanese food and relaxed atmosphere.

TAYLOR DAM LOOKOUT – this longer walk (one hour and 20 minutes one way) also has extensive views of Blenheim and the surrounding plains, but from an even better vantage point.

I’m starting to feel hungry just thinking about… Makana’s Macadamia Brittle.

MT VERNON – this walk (two to three hours) rewards visitors with one of the finest views in the region from a 422m-high lookout.

For a delightful day trip, head to… Kaipupu Point. Hire kayaks from Picton and take a packed lunch for the day – a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, only accessible by water. My top five must-do’s for visitors would have to be… • Morning yoga at the Vines Village • Explore the Marlborough Sounds by boat • Walk ‘The Snout’ in Picton

ABOVE: Vines Village Lake © Vines Village, Blenheim

Swing bridge over the Pelorus River © MarlboroughNZ.com

• A spot of wine tasting with a

sharing platter at a beautiful winery • Sunset fish and chips (maybe some fresh fish you caught in the Sounds that day) on the Picton Foreshore, or in Waikawa Bay, or on Rarangi Beach! You might not have heard of it, but… The old Grovetown Hotel has

KEKERENGU RIVER – head around an hour south of Blenheim to Kekerengu on the Kaikoura Coast, where you can take a beautiful walk alongside the Kekerengu River. While you’re here, see the seals at Ohau Point, take a fishing charter or go rafting on the Clarence River, before visiting the iconic Store Café for a bite to eat.

Living in Marlborough is awesome because… Every day I think about how beautiful this place is. Mountains, vines, the Sounds and little beaches are all within an easy drive. You can spend summer nights having BBQs on beaches with friends and crisp winter days exploring; or curled up by a winery fire with a glass of pinot noir.

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Ashleigh Court Motel 48 Maxwell Road, Blenheim • Phone: +64 3 577 7187

DELI, CHEESE AND WINE

Email: bookings@ashleigh-court-motel.co.nz

• Motels set in .8ha of park-like grounds • All ground-floor units • Heat pump & air-conditioning in all units • Quiet, back-section units (ideal for corporates) • Speights Ale House restaurant 200m • Directly opposite supermarket & café • FREE fibre WiFi • Guest laundry • Pet-friendly – rates & conditions apply • Ample overflow parking • Private courtyards with BBQs • Rates: $145-$200 (2 persons), extra child & adult $20 each BEST DEAL BOOK DIRECT OR ONLINE

DESTINATION

Matched cheese and wine tastings Devonshire teas Light snacks Giftware

13 Selmes Rd, Rapaura, Blenheim | 03 570 5832 Open 7 days | www.patakathefoodstore.co.nz

Host: Tim McPadden

Tariff from $135

www.middle-park.co.nz

VIRTUAL TOUR ON WEBSITE

• 2min walk to restaurants • 2min walk from town centre • FREE WIFI • Spacious studios, 1 & 2-bedroom units. Family units with spa baths • All units are ground floor • Corporate rates available • Solar-heated swimming pool • Children’s playground Reservations Freephone: 0800 TO STAY (867 829)

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COMMODORE COURT MOTEL www.commcourt.co.nz n 20 spacious

n Children’s play self-contained area ground-floor units n Swimming pool n Business studios, n Queen-size beds 1 and 2-brm, n Wireless internet family, executive and honeymoon n Tariff: from $120 suites (2 persons)

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• Centrally located, modern motel • FREE ultra fast WIFI • All units feature a well-equipped kitchenette • Guest laundry • DVD player & library • Close to ASB Theatre, restaurants, cafés & supermarket • Continental breakfast available • Tariff: from $150 (Queen)

Cnr of High & Percy Streets, Blenheim

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KEKERENGU the black wood bug • 56km NE of Kaikoura THE STORE CAFÉ & CAMP

• A true Kaikoura Coast icon, The Store Café & Camp is the ultimate coastal experience. With breathtaking views, beachfront sites, an iconic café/restaurant and a warm Kiwi welcome, this is a pretty special spot! • Camping available (amenities scheduled for December 2018). • Free WiFi. Pets welcome by arrangement. SH 1, Kekerengu, Marlborough • P: +64 3 575 8600 www.thestore.kiwi • E: info@thestore.kiwi

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Nelson Tasman

Nelson Tasman & Golden Bay

ESCAPE TO THE SUN WHETHER YOU’RE READY FOR A REJUVENATING BREAK, OR GEARED UP FOR ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE, YOU WILL FIND PLENTY TO LOVE IN NELSON TASMAN.

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ith more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the country, plus dazzling white and golden-sand beaches, Nelson Tasman is a haven for holidaymakers. The region is famous for its seafood, horticulture, fruit and hop growing, wine production, craft beer and cider. In fact, you get the whole food package here so the cuisine is top notch. Taste the offerings at a local restaurant or winery, or head to one of the farmers’ markets. Creativity is in the air here and Nelson Tasman has a vibrant arts and crafts scene. Visit the workshops of local painters, sculptors, fashion designers, glass

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blowers and jewellers and pick up unique souvenirs and gifts. The many festivals, performances and interactive exhibitions held throughout the year also add to the city’s lively atmosphere. But if it’s action and adventure you’re after, the Nelson Tasman region delivers in spades too. Zip around on quad bikes, take a helicopter ride, explore the area’s secluded coves and beaches by kayak, fly like a bird on the Skywire (the world’s longest flying fox), or have a go at kite surfing – and that’s only the start. Nelson Tasman has earned a reputation as a top mountain biking area as well.

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rtists are celebrated in Nelson Tasman, and creativity is part of the fabric of the city. There are more than 300 working artists in the region. The World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum is a standout attraction, where you can admire clothing creations which turn the human body into an art form. The Suter, Te Aratoi o Whakatu, is a good place to absorb the creative vibe. If you are here in October, don’t miss the Nelson Arts Festival. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see artists in their studios and purchase their work.

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elax on long Tahunanui Beach or golden Kaiteriteri Beach, or drive out to beautiful Rabbit Island (Moturoa), have a swim and watch the white heron and other wading birds as the tide changes. Tour the globe in six acres at Gardens of the World, browse the arts and crafts stalls at Nelson’s Saturday Market and pick up some gifts or graze the

Traditional Thai restaurant where Thai chefs prepare every dish from scratch to bring you an authentic, uncompromised taste of Thailand with an emphasis on using only the freshest ingredients. Chokdee caters for all palates – from mild through to those who like their favourite Phad Thai extra hot. Dine in or takeaway. Fully licensed & BYO. 83 Hardy St, Nelson Ph: +64 3 539 0282 109 High St, Motueka Ph: +64 3 528 0318

Order takeaways online:

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artisan produce stalls for picnic food. Head up to the Centre of New Zealand walk on Botanical Hill, so-called because it was a central survey point in the 19th century. Walk down the other side to Black Hole swimming spot and return on the Maitai Track.

LEFT: Nelson Market © www.nelsontasman.nz RIGHT: © World of WearableArt & Nelson Classic Cars Museum ABOVE, INSET: Suter Art Gallery © www.nelsontasman.nz

Visit the Makers of The Movie Ring

Enjoy quiet luxury at a boutique spa retreat or have a therapeutic treatment from one of the many wellbeing specialists here.

Jens Hansen is the legendary creator of the world’s most famous ring, The One Ring, for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. We are Nelson’s most established and only internationally acclaimed artisan jewellery workshop.

NELSON AUTO RENTALS

• Modern vehicles available 24/7. Cars, stationwagons, vans. • Unlimited kilometres. One-way trips can be arranged. • Free airport pick-up. Very competitive pricing. • BOOK NOW! Cars $29-$50. Open 7 days. • $2000 excess on insurance. • Call Mason: 0800 903 010 or +64 3 548 5125. 31 Bolt Rd, Nelson • P: +64 3 548 5125 • F: +64 3 548 5129  Res: 0800 903 010 www.nelsonautorentals.co.nz • E: autorentalsltd@xtra.co.nz

Scenic Flights we’ve got the very best of Nelson covered

To find out what inspires the local creatives, visit some of the city’s heritage sites. Broadgreen Historic House was built in 1855 and is Nelson’s oldest residence. Founders Heritage Park has a replica settlers’ village and a railway line as well as other attractions. Nelson’s rich hop growing and brewing industry is championed at the Hop and Beer Museum in the iconic Founders Heritage Park. Visit artisans in character buildings and browse gifts and souvenirs within the walls of a giant windmill.

Visit us for hand-forged diamond engagement and wedding rings that are crafted to last for generations.

THE SKYWIRE • QUAD BIKE TOURS • HORSE TREKS • THE ARGO • PAINTBALL

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Nelson Tasman

For updates on cultural events go to www.itson.co.nz.

The Cable Bay Adventure Park is Nelson’s adventure playground. Located just 15 minutes drive from the centre of Nelson, it is home to a wide range of adventure activities with something to cater for everyone, set in magnificent native forest with views over the stunning Delaware Bay.

Hours: Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm Sat 9am - 2pm Open Sundays in summer

• 2 cafés • MTB Trails • E-Bike hire • Functions • Family fun • Open 8.30am5.30pm Nov-March, 9am-5pm April-Oct.

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CABLE BAY ADVENTURE PARK 194 Cable Bay Road, RD 1, Nelson 7071 +64 (03) 545 0304 or FREEPHONE 0800 157 300

www.cablebayadventurepark.com

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Top TIPS

NELSON TASMAN OUR CHOICE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS THE MUSSEL INN Found in Golden Bay, this hip pub is famous for its fresh steamed green-shell mussels and thick mussel chowder plus it makes all its own beers, ales, ciders, soft drinks and occasional wines in a small brewery next door. 1259 Takaka-Collingwood Highway, Onekaka

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he Nelson Tasman region is famous for locally sown and grown ingredients, as well as delicious wines, craft beers and ciders. There is a phenomenal selection of dining options here. Eat at gourmet restaurants and laidback pavement cafés, or enjoy hearty pub meals or a picnic of artisan produce. Dining alfresco in ‘sunny Nelson Tasman’ is a given in a region that has some of the

Photographer: John-Paul Pochin

SAMPLE LOCAL DELIGHTS AT A RESTAURANT, WINERY, OR AT ONE OF THE MANY Dining in Mapua Wharf, Nelson region INSET: Pic’s Peanut Butter BOTH © www.nelsontasman.nz

Wednesday 8am-2pm in Kirby Lane, Nelson City. Sun-ripened fruit and vegetables are grown in profusion in Nelson Tasman. Stop at a roadside stall and pick up in-season apples, pears, boysenberries and peaches, and try a local favourite: delicious fresh-fruit ice cream. Nelson Tasman has 28 boutique wineries and cellar doors, and more craft breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country. Some of the wineries have vineyard cafés or restaurants, serving up the best of locally grown

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Go for the old Kiwi classic of fish and chips wrapped up in a steaming takeaway parcel. The Smokehouse on Mapua Wharf is a popular fish and chips destination as well as the Sands Fish & Chip Shop that is opposite the familyfriendly Tahunanui Beach, which is an idyllic place to dine outdoors on a balmy summer’s evening.

www.castlesmotel.kiwi.nz 44 Tahunanui Dr, Nelson P: +64 3 548 5089 E:  info@castlesmotel.kiwi.nz

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produce, matched with the area’s fine wine (chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir are the standouts here). Take a wine tour to ensure you experience the best the region has to offer.

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INNOVATIVE CAFÉS IN THE CITY.

CHOKDEE THAI CUISINE The Thai chefs cook authentic, traditional dishes with fresh, natural ingredients using classic Thai herbs including basil and kaffir lime leaves. The staff are friendly and the service is fast and efficient. 83 Hardy St, Nelson and 109 High St, Mouteka

MELROSE HOUSE CAFÉ Located in Nelson’s grandest historic home with gorgeous, manicured gardens, the cuisine here is elegant, yet uncomplicated.

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Gallery. Café. Gift shop | 9.30am – 4.30pm daily

HOPGOOD’S Well-known for using top quality, locally sourced fruit and vegetables, some that are hand-picked and delivered daily. This awardwinning, simply decorated restaurant serves delectable food and has tasting menus so you can sample the top dishes. 284 Trafalgar St, Nelson

URBAN OYSTER BAR & EATERY This award-winning casual eatery is owned by Michelin-trained chef, Matt Bouterey, who worked with Marco Pierre White. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters along with craft beer by local brewery Golden Bear. 278 Hardy St, Nelson

highest recorded sunshine hours in the country. Sample local delights at a winery, or at one of the many innovative cafés in the city, or go straight to the source and explore local artisan produce at one of the region’s wonderful farmers’ markets. The Nelson Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm at Montgomery Square, and the Nelson Farmers’ Market is every

Their legendary high tea is served from 2.30pm daily. 26 Brougham St, Nelson

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NELSON TASMAN ACTIVITIES

THIS OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND HAS THRILL-SEEKING ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FAMILY. THERE ARE EXTRAORDINARY MOUNTAIN BIKE AND WALKING TRACKS AND A CHOICE OF ADVENTURES TO GET THE ADRENALIN PUMPING.

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THE ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED, WITH SPECTACULAR GOLDEN BEACHES, CRYSTAL CLEAR STREAMS TUMBLING DOWN THROUGH THE VALLEYS TO MEET THE SEA, NATURALLY SCULPTURED GRANITE CLIFFS AND THE TONGA ISLAND MARINE RESERVE.

GREAT HOSPITALITY – Fire up one of the BBQs or relax by the pool – friendly and helpful hosts Richard and Linda will make your stay a pleasure.

FREE WIFI AND FREE GUEST LAUNDRY

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GREAT VALUE – Spacious, comfortable studios, 1 & 2-bedroom apartments all with full kitchen facilities, that can sleep up to 6. Very affordable rates ($90-$130 off-season/$130-$200 peak).

Not far from Nelson, Richmond boasts a collection of vineyards, most within a 20km radius. If you’re interested in craft, there

Mapua is an essential town to visit for any food-lover. At the wharf you’ll find a collection of cafés with stunning views. It’s also home to Shed 4 that includes even more eateries, shops and a waterfront

Motueka has a lively café culture and two lovely national parks nearby. Rub shoulders with the locals and buy fresh produce and crafts at the Sunday market. See Te Ahurewa Maori church, built in 1897, and the waka (canoe) that used to ply the waters of the Motueka River. Check out the

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famous 1929 Cadillac at the district museum. The Riwaka Resurgence, where the river emerges from a marble cave into a crystal clear pool, is great for swimming. Also walk Harwoods Hole Track to the deepest shaft in New Zealand. It’s a short drive from here to Marahau, the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks, and Motueka River for trout fishing.

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biking or kite surfing or zip around varied terrains on a quad bike. Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, a scenic cycling adventure, starts at Nelson Airport or the Nelson i-SITE and affords panoramic coastal views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges. It can be done as a loop with plenty of stops for Nelson Tasman’s famously fine food and rest. Short sections can also be ridden if you’re looking for a quick but leisurely ride.

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are potters, glass blowers, wood turners, metal smiths and tailors who make garments from all sorts of fleeces.

he Tasman District features a warm climate, three national parks, sumptuous scenery, a thriving arts scene and mouthwatering local delicacies – what more could you possibly want?

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MOTUEKA clump of trees with weka (native woodhen) • 46km NW of Nelson

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Abel Tasman National Park

EXPLORE EXQUISITE GOLDEN BEACHES AND HIDDEN INLETS.

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One way to get there is by water taxi from Kaiteriteri or Marahau, with more frequent trips in summer and less frequent in winter. The water taxis call at all the main beaches as far north as Totaranui. You can also charter a yacht, paddle a sea kayak here or go skydiving in nearby

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here are several ways to explore the secluded golden bays of the Abel Tasman National Park. Catching a water taxi from Kaiteriteri or Marahau is an option if you want to be dropped directly on one of the park’s beaches. Alternatively, take a pleasure cruise and sit back, relax and enjoy your spectacular surroundings. There are opportunities to combine walks or wildlife spotting including dolphin watch trips.

KAYAKING IS THE IDEAL WAY TO NAVIGATE THE PARK AND

hen you’re unwinding on a stretch of golden sand here, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re basking on a beach on a tropical island. You can spend your days exploring the beautiful bays and coves by yourself or with a local tour guide.

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Motueka. There are two main gateways to the park: follow the road past Marahau and Kaiteriteri from the south, or go via Takaka to reach the park from the north. From Marahau, it’s a 20-minute walk into the park which will take to you to some delightful, serene bays.

Also consider chartering a yacht and sailing the bays in style. There are plenty of operators and packages available, and they all offer a comfortable, relaxed vantage point from which to check out sandy shorelines and admire the impressive scenery.

WITH CALM, PRISTINE WATERS AND CARESSING SUMMER SEA BREEZES, CRUISING THE WATERS OF ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK IS THE ULTIMATE WAY TO RELAX AND UNWIND.

Falls River by boat © AbelTasman.com

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Marahau Beach Camp • Franklin Street, Marahau 0800 80 90 18 • www.marahaubeachcamp.co.nz

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f kayaking in New Zealand had a home, it would undoubtedly be here. Who hasn’t seen the images of kayaks gliding in a turquoise-coloured bay cradled by a sweep of golden sandy beach? Kayaking is the best way to explore the park, as you can boldly go where no boat or walking track will take you. It’s no wonder that this stretch of New Zealand is a world-renowned kayaking location, not just because of the natural beauty of its secluded coves and lagoons, granite cliffs, unspoiled beaches and Split Apple Rock – a whopping great granite boulder – but also because of the marine life in these waters. You can thank Tonga Island Marine Reserve for providing a predator-free space for seals to set up home. These interesting creatures are known to follow you as you paddle around the coastline. Dolphins and penguins are also regular spectators as you navigate these waters.

FAREWELL SPIT The Maori name is Onetahua which translates as ‘heaped up sand’. These huge dunes form a landing strip for thousands of migratory shore birds from the northern hemisphere. The 35km long sandspit is home to 90 bird species and is protected as a Wetland of International Importance. Access is restricted, with public walking allowed only at the base, 2.5km down the inner beach and 4km down the outer beach. Beyond that, it can be experienced on a 4WD bus tour that departs daily from Collingwood and Puponga, where you’ll learn about the flora and fauna, the geology and the history of this natural phenomenon.

Shag Harbour © AbelTasman.com BELOW: Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park © Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve

Kaiteriteri successfully provides all the elements of a great Kiwi holiday: plenty of sunshine, a secluded location and three unforgettable beaches combining the cleanest sand you will ever see with calm, sparkling blue waters. Kaiteriteri is also a haven for mountain bikers – the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park is a fantastic, purpose-built park. This 180ha off-road park is maintained by enthusiastic volunteers who are helping to shape and develop the park into a mountain biking mecca. The main gateway into the Abel Tasman National Park, Marahau has a lovely beach and a choice of places to stay. You can book water taxis here, hire kayaks or set off on the Coastal Walking Track.

KAITERITERI misspelling of Kaiteretere • 13km N of Motueka • Abel Tasman National Park camping at its finest! • Booking office for all Park activities • 40 hectares • Farm animals, off‑licence, river swimming, card phone • Secure car park • Wireless internet avail • Dorm/doubles & self‑contained studios

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t’s a landscape caught between an idyllic unspoiled coastline and the massive wilderness of Kahurangi National Park. Takaka Hill is the only way in and out of Golden Bay by road. Camping at this wondrous stretch of sun-kissed sand is one of the AA’s must-do’s. On the way over, visit Ngarua Caves, known for stalactites and stalagmites and a moa skeleton, and Harwoods Hole, a 183m deep shaft. Pop into local art and craft stores in Golden Bay’s small towns and get out on the water. Catch your dinner at a salmon farm, take a fishing tour, visit nature reserves or go horse trekking. Also visit the Langford Store in Bainham, which has retained its original decor since 1928, and the distillery with its whisky, rum and liqueurs.

GOLDEN BAY 110km NW of Nelson

Experience Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Rd, Kaiteriteri Beach, Kaiteriteri P: +64 3 527 8010 • F: +64 3 527 8031 E: info@krr.co.nz

Idyllic golden beach destination, world-class mountain biking, boating, swimming, recreation and the gateway to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Premium beachfront apartments, cabins and powered camp sites with on-site restaurants, café, supermarket, petrol station and mini golf.

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ST ARNAUD

Talk to the Local

SERENE ST ARNAUD IS A BEAUTIFUL ALPINE VILLAGE

Ben Bonoma Owner of Dancing Sands Distillery

SITUATED ON THE EDGE OF LAKE ROTOITI.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Golden Bay © www.nelsontasman.nz

My top five must-do’s for visitors would have to be… • Strolling around Te Waikoropupu Springs to savour that New Zealand has the clearest spring in the world. The spring was recently measured at 81m clear which is nearly as clear as distilled water. Our business has a special connection with the springs as well so I have a particular soft spot for this area. • Whilst you’re there, go for a bigger walk around the Pupu Hydro Walkway as long as you’re not afraid of heights on the water race! • Walking to Wainui Falls after a big rain storm. • Flying Golden Bay Air into Takaka – you get a breathtaking view of the Abel Tasman National Park,

surrounding mountain ranges and sometimes Mount Taranaki off in the distance. • Catching the sunset at Pohara Beach, you’ll likely be in complete solitude. You might not have heard of it, but… stop into Village Milk on the way out to Pohara for fresh raw milk. Amazing value and amazing taste. You can purchase a milk bottle on site. I’m starting to feel hungry just thinking about… the pizza at the Dangerous Kitchen and washing it down with a locally brewed beer from Roots Bar. For a delightful day trip, head to… Wharariki Beach, it’s absolutely stunning and worth the drive/walk. The scenery is jaw dropping.

We asked a local about his favourite attractions in and around Nelson Tasman...

Living in Nelson Tasman is awesome because… of the scenery – mountains in the background, golden sandy beaches and beautiful weather. It’s a special place in a country filled with special places.

Te Waikoropupu Springs ABOVE: Te Waikoropupu Springs © AbelTasman.com

A Middle Earth Experience

Collingwood boomed in the 1850s and its history is stamped on its buildings, including St Cuthbert’s Church and the courthouse. Find out more at Collingwood Museum.

COLLINGWOOD HOLIDAY PARK

• Small, friendly camp located right on river & estuary. • Central to Golden Bay’s many attractions. • Family camp. • Self-contained & basic cabins, house. • Tent/power sites. Gold Card & NZMCA discounts apply. 6 William St, Collingwood, Golden Bay • P/F: +64 3 524 8149 www.collingwoodmotorcamp.co.nz

Saltwater fishing • Sightseeing • Saltwater Fly Fishing

Located at the mouth of the Aorere River on the shoreline of Golden Bay, Collingwood is perfectly Discover the beautiful Ngarua Caves along a 300m trail through a breathtaking variety of stalagtites & stalagmites, also featuring an excellent skeletal display of the extinct moa. Situated on top of Marble Mountain half an hour’s drive from Motueka on SH 60 to Takaka and Golden Bay. View the caves then take in the stunning views of Tasman Bay and the surrounding Karst landscape while enjoying a coffee and other refreshments.

www.ngaruacaves.co.nz

• Morning trips fishing in and around the bay targeting snapper, blue cod, gurnard, kahawai, perch & tarakihi • All bait & fishing gear is supplied • S ightseeing trips from Golden Bay into the Abel Tasman National Park

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he walk through Te Waikoropupu Springs Scenic Reserve to ‘Pupu’ Springs is highly recommended. Stand back in amazement on the viewing platforms and watch the dancing white sands of the lake bed. Water shoots out from small underwater vents, hence the name ‘Place of the Dancing Sands’. Remember that touching the water is forbidden as these pristine springs are sacred (wahi tapu) to Maori. situated for walks including the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park and Farewell Spit tours. Rent a mountain bike and explore beautiful Aorere Valley, kayak to the Ruataniwha Inlet or take a horse trek along Wharariki Beach.

Email: info@fishgoldenbay.co.nz www.fishgoldenbay.co.nz

Tasman St, Collingwood, Golden Bay

• Farewell Spit is a nature reserve and world-renowned www.farewellspit.com bird sanctuary.

Phone: +64 3 524 8257 Email: enquiries@farewellspit.co.nz Farewell Spit Tours

• On our tours you’ll visit the historic lighthouse, take in the panorama from the top of one of the 100ft-high dunes & see old fossils exposed on the beach.

Open Daily Throughout Summer. Guided Tours Hourly From 10am - 4pm

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MOTUPIKO 54km SW of Nelson

COLLINGWOOD after Baron Collingwood • 27km NW of Takaka

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his village is an ideal base for travellers who want to explore the Nelson Lakes National Park and the Travers Sabine Circuit, a challenging but extremely rewarding walk that crosses the often-frozen Travers Saddle. Activities in the area include mountaineering, snow sports at Rainbow Ski Field, water skiing, walking, kayaking, boating and fishing for brown trout on Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa. Head to the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre to learn about the ecology of the honeydew beech forest and join a guided walk.

RESERVATIONS:

0800 808 257

www.quinneysbush.co.nz

• Back-to-basics camp. Big grounds, safe swimming, campfires. • Hammocks, flying foxes, water slide, BMX, skatepark, shop. Find us on Facebook. • Tariff: (2 persons) tent sites $36, power sites $46, standard cabin/caravan $70. SH 6, Motupiko, RD 2, Nelson PHONE: +64 3 522 4249 • EMAIL: quinneysbush@xtra.co.nz

ST ARNAUD after French commander in the Crimean War 100km SW of Blenheim NELSON LAKES MOTELS & TRAVERS-SABINE LODGE • P: +64 3 521 1887...........................$29-$155

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Thrills

White-Water Capital

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AS THE SELF-PROCLAIMED ‘WHITE-WATER CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND’, MURCHISON IS A THRILL-SEEKER’S DREAM. THE AREA HAS A FANTASTIC RANGE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES , FROM RAFTING AND KAYAKING TO TRAMPING, MOUNTAIN BIKING AND HUNTING.

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ountain bikers will love the Old Ghost Road Trail, one of the premier back-country cycle tracks. It runs from Lyell to Seddonville and is a grade four, advanced trail. Cyclists take two to four days to complete the challenging 85km route which follows the paths used by miners and passes through the towns abandoned when the gold ran out. Keep an eye out for mining relics and information panels explaining the area’s history. You’ll get a feel for the

MEET AN OLD FLAME Take a guided walk into the middle of a forest near Murchison to see a curious phenomenon where natural flames rise from the ground – ideal for cooking pancakes and brewing billy tea.

life of a hardy 19th century West Coast pioneer. You will also ride through swathes of native forest, descend into open river valleys scattered with lakes and tarns, weave through giant podocarp rainforest inhabited by abundant wildlife, sidle along a cliff-hugging trail and enjoy incredible views. There’s heli-biking opportunities and rafting on the Mokihinui Gorge on the final leg of your journey. ABOVE: Old Ghost Road Trail © Phil Rossiter INSET: Buller River © AA Tourism

Enjoy the thrill of crossing the longest swingbridge in New Zealand • Historical gold workings • Earthquake fault-line • Bush walks • Comet line rides • Jet-boat rides • Gold panning ADVENTURE APLENTY

Murchison MURCHISON after Scottish geologist Sir Roderick Murchison 131km SW of Nelson

KIWI PARK MOTELS

NELSON

& HOLIDAY PARK

Enjoy the Rural Experience... Farm Animal Park / Displays • Tourism Award Winner • Free WiFi voucher • Peaceful, spacious rural setting • Riverside Walkway • 800 metres to town centre

• OFF MAIN ROAD • Luxury Cottages • Motels • Self-contained • Cabins • Power/Tent Sites • Affordable tariffs • Close to Buller Swingbridge

Freecall reservations: 0800 22 80 80 www.kiwipark.co.nz

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urchison, gateway to the southern entrance of the Kahurangi National Park, calls itself the white-water capital of New Zealand because there are rivers everywhere. They are graded from two to four and are therefore brilliant for thrillseekers. The mighty Buller River flows through the town, and its tributaries offer superb trout fishing. The 110m

Buller Gorge bridge is New Zealand’s longest swing bridge. You can wander around the marked tracks, listen to audio presentations and learn about the area’s fascinating past as a major gold-mining area and about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 1929. You can also try your luck panning for gold here. Other activities on offer include kayaking, walking, jet boating and hunting for deer, chamois and pig.

ABOVE: Rafts, Buller River near Murchison © davidwallphoto.com LEFT: Pancakes cooked on natural flames © The Natural Flame Experience

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West Coast

The wild

West Coast A

narrow stretch of mountain-to-

rainforest, clean rivers and lakes,

sea landscape, the West Coast

rugged beaches and some of the

is no wider than 70km at any point. There’s more protected land here than in any other part of New Zealand and the West Coast’s pristine scenery is something this region is famous for. Luxuriant

world’s most accessible glaciers are located here. It’s hardly surprising then that popular pursuits on the West Coast include walking and tramping, river journeys, checking out the wildlife and glacier walks.

NATURE IN ITS ELEMENT THE TASMAN SEA POUNDS THIS REGION’S 600KM STRETCH OF RUGGED COASTLINE AND THE GREAT COAST ROAD, FROM WESTPORT TO GREYMOUTH, AFFORDS SPECTACULAR VIEWS. Explore ancient limestone cliffs, glowworm caves and old bush tramways in Charleston, see the Pancake Rocks and the mighty blowholes at Punakaiki, or enjoy the Coal Creek Falls Walkway as you immerse yourself in the history of Runanga, where old mining roots run deep.

OPARARA BASIN STATE HIGHWAY 6 (WESTPORT–GREYMOUTH) BULLER GORGE

The West Coast has more protected land than any other part of New Zealand. In fact, the Haast region is so special that UNESCO have named it a World Heritage Area.

PANCAKE ROCKS AND BLOWHOLES FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIERS LAKE MATHESON WALK OKARITO LAGOON 40

The Coast is sparsely populated, allowing visitors to find space far from

the crowds. Enjoy the remoteness, take time to admire the incredible landscapes and explore rugged beaches, native wildlife and some of the world’s most unique glaciers. It’s not surprising that popular pursuits on the West Coast include walking, river journeys and nature tours. The past is never far from daily life along this rugged coastline. SH 6 has been the main coastal route since the early gold-mining days, so there are endless opportunities to explore and discover the rich heritage of this region, New Zealand’s pioneer frontier.

Cape Foulwind © Miles Holden

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WESTPORT

BE AMAZED

Buller District

A TASTE FOR ACTION

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aramea exists in splendid isolation at the end of the road. Beautifully positioned between the Kahurangi National Park and the Tasman Sea, this is the place to go if you love to get away from it all. Karamea is a haven for cavers, birdwatchers and hunters as well as mountain bikers, adventurous kayakers and rafters (the Karamea River is grade 5). Heli-rafting and surfcasting are also available here. Take an eco tour into the awe-inspiring labyrinth of limestone caves

LITTLE WANGANUI

at Oparara Basin and discover the Moria Gate Arches and the Honeycomb Hill Caves, which contain moa bones. Granity, Ngakawau and Hector are charming seaside villages that are a mix of museums, artist studios, early mining cottages and holiday homes. Granity’s Northern Buller Museum has collections on the early life of the miners. Further north Little Wanganui is popular during the whitebait season and expert surfers head here for the beach break.

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including jet boating, quad

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biking, horse-trekking, scenic

Westport was first a gold

kayaking, a range of mountain

town and then a coal town.

biking tracks, surfing at

Nowadays Westport is known

Tauranga Bay and North Beach

for its adventure activities,

and fishing.

awesome scenery, local arts

The excellent Charming Creek

and excellent dining options.

Walkway, 25 minutes drive

The town offers an eclectic

north, combines scenery and

mix of art and crafts, antiques,

history along an old railway line.

collectibles and jewellery. The

Otherwise, simply embrace the

Coaltown Museum tells the stories of the pioneers who battled to make a life in this challenging environment. Check out the Whitebait Festival if you’re here in October. Westport offers the full

past and try your luck at gold panning, explore old gold and coal-mining sites on short walks and then head to the coast to fossick for semi-precious stones along one of the many windswept beaches.

Charming Creek Walkway, Westport © BackpackerGuide.nz

repertoire of outdoor activities,

WESTPORT after Westport, Ireland • 104km NE of Greymouth

18km S of Karamea

ASCOT MOTOR LODGE

• 3km south of Karamea. Sheltered native bush setting. • Adj to estuary access to river. Popular for fishing/whitebaiting. • Internet kiosk & wireless broadband. • Tariff: (2 persons) motel $95 – one night surcharge $5, cabin $40-$58, power site $33, tent site $30. Maori Point Rd, RD 3, Karamea • P: +64 3 782 6758 • F: +64 3 782 6738 M: +64 275 826 158 • www.karamea.com • E: info@karamea.com

A: 3296 Karamea Highway RD 3 Karamea 7893 P: +64 3 782 6752 • E: info@littlewanganuihotel.co.nz

www.littlewanganuihotel.co.nz

MINERS ON SEA

www.karameamotels.co.nz

• Holiday Park • Jet-boat Tours •

Home of Karamea River Jet Scenic Tours Free WiFi, Freeview TV, BBQ, laundry, private patios. Tarriff $140-$180 (double), extra adult $25, child (15)

31 Bridge St, RD3, Karamea • Hosts: Alison & Stuart Email: stay@karameamotels.co.nz

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0800 500 209

GRANITY named for large amount of granite in area • 30km N of Wesport

Karamea River Motels Superior accommodation for couples or families. Greet the morning sun from your private lounge, look across farmland to the wilderness of Kahurangi National Park. A short walk to the township, we are situated in a picturesque location, offering a variety of relaxing accommodation options.

Victoria Square

Reservation Freephone:

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KARAMEA HOLIDAY PARK

Friendly West Coast hospitality Numerous accommodation options to suit all budgets Restaurant & bar facilities Campsites both powered or non-powered Gateway to the Kahurangi National Park Central to both Wangapeka & The Heaphy tracks, The Old Ghost Road & Little Wanganui River Customised adventure packages Tariff $25-$130 (2 person)

BROUGHAM ST

“The Quiet One”

Buller River Swing Bridge RIGHT: Maruia Falls BOTH © West Coast Tourism

KARAMEA scented speargrass • 97km NE of Westport on SH 67

• 12 quality ground‑floor, 1, 2 & 3‑brm units, serviced daily • Quiet residential location away from trains & traffic • Full cooking facilities • FREE WiFi • Freeview TV • Close to hospital and Westport’s new sports complex • Off‑street parking • Close to local cycle/walkways and bikes can be stored in a lock-up room • 5min walk to shops, cafés and bars • Pet-friendly by arrangement • Kiwi-owned & operated To Karamea • Tariff: Ascot Motor Lodge $125‑$165 ROMILLY ST (2 persons), 74 Romilly St, Westport Ph: +64 3 789 7832 $20 extra each. Email: ascotmotorlodge@gmail.com Company & PO Reservations: 0800 657 007 group rates PALMERSTON ST available www.ascotmotorlodgemotels.co.nz To Greymouth & Nelson

27 Motels Nationwide

WESTPORT

• 5 spacious self-contained luxury chalets on the beach. • Also budget travellers accommodation in our Pod units. • Tommy Knockers Café overlooking ocean and sunsets •  Bottle Store, Pub and Souvenir Gallery.

•  20min from Westport. Visit Denniston Plateau, Millerton area, Charming Creek walk, Old Ghost Rd, Britannia Track.

314 Palmerston Street

117 Torea St, Granity P: +64 03 782 8664 E: stay@minersonsea.co.nz

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0800 235 528 | www.bellavista.co.nz

Northern gateway to the scenic West Coast • Quiet garden setting • Easy access • All apartments ground floor • Adjacent to Millennium Walkway • NZ owned & operated • Close to golf course & beach • Handy to town • Corporate rates available • Cooked/continental breakfast available • FREE UNLIMITED WIFI • Tariff: from $135 (2 persons, extra $20)

The Esplanade, Westport • Ph: +64 3 789 7519 Email: bullerbridgemotel@xtra.co.nz

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Remarkable PUNAKAIKI PUNAKAIKI’S COASTAL ROCKS ARE REMARKABLE PIECES OF NATURAL SCULPTURE. LOOKING LIKE ENORMOUS STACKS OF PANCAKES (HENCE THEIR NAME), THEY ARE A MAJOR NEW ZEALAND VISITOR ATTRACTION.

The Punakaiki Pancake Rocks are hundreds of layers of sedimentary limestone formed 30 million years ago from fragments of marine life skeletons and shells, and sculpted by rain, wind and the sea. Waves slam into the rocks sending flumes of spray high into the air at the blowholes. The well-formed stone steps and boardwalks lead you to the best viewing spots and the pathway has wheelchair access to most features.

Historic REEFTON

AND SURROUNDS Fool’s gold, Bearded Miners, Reefton © BackpackerGuide.nz

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his rugged community was founded on hard work, true grit – and cash. The super rich Rothschild family from Europe bankrolled goldmining here in the 19th century. Pop in at the Bearded Miners for a cup of billy tea and a yarn about the old days. Pancake Rocks and blowholes © BackpackerGuide.nz INSET BELOW: Seal Colony - Cape Foulwind © Buller Promotion Association

Westport Must-See

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ew Zealand fur seals (kekeno) spend a lot of their time on rocky shores and a breeding colony like the one at Tauranga Bay offers plenty to look at, at any time of the year. Panels along the excellent walkway provide information about activity in the seal colony, as well as historical details about

the sealing industry that once existed in New Zealand. The viewing platform is a safe 12m above the colony, which is just as well. New Zealand fur seals are highly territorial and, although seemingly clumsy on land, over a short distance these docile-looking creatures can easily outrun you and their bite is a West Coast souvenir you definitely don’t want to take home with you.

PUNAKAIKI 55km S of Westport, 46km N of Greymouth

www.palmcourtwestport.co.nz

In the Reefton area, you can go freshwater fishing, try your hand at gold panning, take a tour of the

REEFTON after gold-bearing quartz reefs • 81km SE of Westport on SH 7 BELLBIRD MOTEL

• 7 fully self-contained units (sleep 2-6) in Victoria Forest Park. • 2min walk to restaurants, cafés, info centre, supermarket. Great base for exploring the Buller/West Coast region. • Historic villa & riverside cottage, trout fishing, walks. Free WiFi • Tariff: $90 (single), $110 (double/twin), extra adult $15, extra child $10. 93 Broadway, Reefton • Res: 0800 235 524 www.reeftonbellbirdmotel.co.nz • E: bellbird.motel@xtra.co.nz • Host: Malcolm White

working gold mine, play a round of golf in one of three golf courses, go on an amazing river journey on a kayak or raft, and choose from a variety of excellent mountain bike tracks. For something completely different, take a walk down memory lane and see the remarkable antique collection at Bev’s Doll & Toy Museum. Just west of Lewis Pass, Springs Junction is a great stop-off point when travelling between the South Island’s east and west coasts. Surrounded by Nelson Lakes National Park, Victoria Forest Park

306 Palmerston St, Westport Phone/Fax: +64 3 789 7247 Email: palmcourtwpt@xtra.co.nz

• Sunny location • Walk to shops • Motorcycle & cycle friendly • Free WiFi • Tariff: from $115 (2 persons), extra $15 Email:tourists palmcourtwpt@xtra.co.nz • Reservations: Well-travelled say “the best motel we’ve stayed at” 0800 472 567

Stunning elevated coastal bush environment, overlooking Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Perfect location between Picton & Glaciers to enjoy walking native rainforest and rugged beaches. Studio and family units amid native forest.

Paparoa Park Motel, State Highway 6, Punakaiki Ph: +64 3 731 1883 • RESERVATIONS: 0800 PAPAROA (72 72 76) www.paparoa.co.nz • Email: info@paparoa.co.nz PAGE 9 - REGIONAL MAP

•  4-Star & 2+-Star self-rated family & studio units – with options to suit all budgets •C  entral location •  Beautiful region for bush walks, fishing, tramping & mountain biking • Tariff: $120-$195

• FREE WiFi 63 Broadway Street, REEFTON • Ph: +64 3 732 8574

0800 (LANTERN) 526 837 E: info@lanterncourtmotel.co.nz www.lanterncourtmotel.co.nz

and Lake Sumner Forest Park, nearby activities include bush-walks, trout fishing and hiking. The naturally heated, therapeutic Maruia Springs thermal pools are not too far away; sited in a scenic, peaceful spot. The Charleston Caves, deep in the Paparoa National Park, have waterfalls, spectacular limestone formations, streams, fossils and glowworm displays. Go rock climbing, black-water rafting, abseiling or bouldering here.

51-55 Broadway, REEFTON E: info@reefcottage.co.nz Phone: +64 3 732 8440

Reefton’s Finest Accommodation in the Heart of Town

PUNAKAIKI - PAPAROA PARK MOTEL

Reservations: 0800 472 567

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Reefton has plenty of old world charm. Follow the heritage trail to get a feel for the place. The Visitor Centre houses an impressive Quartzopolis mine, a working winding engine and a gold mine tunnel where visitors can step

back in time. Out of sight, but not forgotten, the town cherishes its goldfields history. A maze of tracks once used by miners are still maintained and explored by visiting cyclists, trampers and 4WD users. Tracks guide you around a day’s loop or lead you to modern Department of Conservation overnight huts. Up hills, through bush-clad valleys, creeks and over swing bridges, these tracks were the lifelines of the town.

www.reefcottage.co.nz

• Fully refurbished (2015) self-contained Bed & Breakfast with 4 ensuite bedrooms • LCD TVs, iPhone docks, Sky & Freeview • Private patio & garden • On-site Reef Cottage Café • Centrally located to shops & restaurants • Seasonal / Corporate / Group Rates

SPRINGS JUNCTION refers to springs in Maruia • 123km SE of Westport LEWIS PASS MOTELS

• On edge of Lewis Pass National Reserve, 3km from Springs Junction towards Christchurch. Relaxing farm surroundings. • 3 modern, s/c units (1 studio & 2 family). Access facilities. • Handy to hot pools. Walking distance to Lake Daniels Track. • Tariff: $100 (sgle), $120-$130 (2 persons), $20 extra person & $20 extra child. No EFTPOS. SH 7, Springs Junction • P: +64 3 523 8863 • F: +64 3 523 8875 www.lewis-pass.co.nz • E: bookings@lewis-pass.co.nz

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it back with a beer or wine and listen to tales of days gone by when Greymouth was besieged by greenstone hunters and gold miners. Locals are known as ‘Coasters’, but life here has hardly been an easy ride. Fortunes were made and lost overnight in the 1860s gold rush and the accompanying mines, roads and rail have helped define the character of the wild West Coast .

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Make your own blade at Barrytown Knifemaking, take a selfie with the 5m tall cabbage tree sculpture in Stella Bull Park, and buy a piece of carefully crafted pounamu greenstone as a gift.

NEW ZEALAND’S MOST ICONIC CRAFT BREWERY EXPERIENCE

GREYMOUTH, WEST COAST

Central West Coast Scenic Flights we’ve got the wild, wild Walker’s Paradise west coast covered

TOURS KITCHEN TASTINGS

DAILY TOURS AT: 11.30am - 3pm - 4.30pm - 6pm

03 768 0011

Operated by GCH Aviation

Monteith’s Brewing Co. 60 Herbert street, Greymouth

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West Coast We asked a local about her favourite attractions in and around Greymouth and the West Coast... you can touch and explore. Kapitea Reservoir – a playground for water sports, or a place to unwind, relax back in a deck chair on a calm summer’s night watching amazing reflections and colours during sunset. At night explore glowworms clinging to the outer edges of disused mine shafts and the biggest ‘wow’ factor on a clear night is the stargazing – a magical experience.

TALK TO THE LOCAL Marina Tomasi Atkinson Experience Manager, Monteith’s Brewing Co, Greymouth My top five must-do’s for visitors would have to be… • A breathtaking heli flight onto the glaciers • Paparoa National Park • Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth • Hokitika Mahinapua Paddle Boat • West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail

You may not have heard of it, but… a small gem of a town named Kumara that provides world-class cycle trails, hunting & fishing spots, an array of short walks amongst magnificent native bush, elevated views of the Taramakau River and surrounding mountains, meandering through historic sites dating back to the early 1900s, an enormous 4000tone rock ‘Londonderry Rock’ which

I’m starting to feel hungry just thinking about… the amazing food laid on at Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth. So many options to tantalise your taste buds. Chef always has something new and exciting on the daily specials option! For a delightful day trip, head to… the Glacier Country in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. You need to commence your trip at the Blaketown Tip Head, Blaketown. This is the location of the Grey River mouth flowing into the Tasman Sea. The view south is Aoraki Mt Cook and the view north is Punakaiki. Head south on

Highway 6 to Franz Josef or Fox glaciers. Where else in the world can you say you spent your day amongst rugged and remote beaches, lakes, rivers, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, wetlands and beaches. Every turn you will find dramatic changes in the views. Living in the West Coast is awesome because… it is a slice of paradise, bordered by the Southern Alps to the east, and the Tasman Sea to the west. The region is made up of a diverse landscape, a wide array of native flora and fauna. West Coast rivers provide New Zealand’s beautiful pounamu, provides various industries for employment – mining, fishing, manufacturing/engineering, building and construction, agriculture and tourism. With a population of around 33,000, our people are honest, loyal, hard-working and obliging ‘Coasters’. Not one set of traffic lights, low density, affordable housing, and a safe region.

HALF PRICE RENTAL CARS LTD

GREYMOUTH & HOKITIKA

We meet the TranzAlpine daily and offer one-way hires New Zealand wide

H E R I TAG E PA R K  WEST COAST  NEW ZEALAND

Lake Brunner © BackpackerGuide.nz LEFT: Hokitika Gorge © Birte Becker-Steel / Wilderness Trail Shuttle

Ph: +64 3 768 0379 / 0800 227736 170 Tainui Street, Greymouth Email: greymouth@nzrentacar.co.nz Web: www.nzrentacar.co.nz

TOP PICKS IN GREYMOUTH Shantytown is a faithful replica of an 1860s gold-mining town where you can explore historical buildings, pan for gold, dress in period costumes, ride the steam train and much more. The TranzAlpine, one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, travels daily between Greymouth and Christchurch, taking in the plains, river gorges, valleys and the Southern Alps. Go for a drive: the stretch of highway between Greymouth and Westport, known as The Great Coast Road, is rated one of the top 10 scenic drives in the world and will mesmerise you at every turn. Monteith’s Brewery is a Greymouth icon. Head here to enjoy a refreshing locally brewed beer and take the excellent guided tour.

SUNDOWNER MOTEL

• 100% Kiwi-owned & operated. Set back from the road: 11 modern studio units, 5 family units, serviced daily. • Free WiFi, guest laundry. Free transfers: bus/train. • 2min walk to town, shops, restaurants and bars. Centrally located for all tourist attractions. • Tariff: $115-$160 (2 persons). 14 Smith St, Greymouth • P: +64 3 768 4666 • Res: 0800 080 859 www.sundowner.co.nz • E: sundowner@minidata.co.nz

GREYMOUTH KIWI HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS

• 1min walk to beach. Relaxing surroundings. • Free unlimited WiFi, hot spa pool & BBQs. • Cabins, powered and tent sites, full park facilities. • Motels with Sky, adjacent to holiday park. • Access facilities and laundry. • Pets by arrangement. 318 Main South Rd, SH 6, Greymouth • P: +64 3 762 6768 • Res: 0800 101 222 www.greymouthkiwi.co.nz • E: stay@greymouthkiwi.co.nz

GREYMOUTH

Rutherglen Road, Paroa (10km South of Greymouth). Open 7 days 8.30am - 5.00pm. Phone +64 3 762 6634

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LAKE BRUNNER after 1840s explorer Thomas Brunner

39km SE of Greymouth

LAKE BRUNNER MOTOR CAMP

• On the shores of Lake Brunner. • Camp store, native bush reserves behind camp with a variety of native birds, glowworms, wildlife, walks in the rainforest, boating and fishing. Free WiFi. • Tariff: cabins $30pp, power sites $17pp, tent sites $15pp. 86 Ahau St, Moana • P/F: 03 738 0600 • www.lakebrunnermotorcamp.co.nz E: stay@lakebrunnermotorcamp.co.nz

MOANA shortening of Moana te Kotuku (lake of the white heron) 35km SE of Greymouth

Lake Brunner

Nationwide

33-35 High Street

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ake Brunner is the water playground of the Central West Coast. This premier rainforest lake offers world-class trophy trout fishing year round. There’s also boating, jet skiing, jet boating, golf (club hire available), quad biking and off-road go karting, caving, beach and forest walks. Explore the wetlands and rainforest eco systems. The township of Moana is nestled on its shores. There are numerous wonderful bush walks here with birdlife and many varieties of native trees, orchids, mosses and ferns. Take a fishing safari and catch brown trout. There are excellent places to stay, a licensed café and a service station.

Stationhouse Café, Restaurant & Bar

27 Motels

Ride the steam train, pan for gold, watch the holographic show and get an old time photo. Over 30 shops and buildings to explore and lots of fun for kids! Special family prices.

LAKE BRUNNER

• 5 executive studios & suites • 9 spacious 1 & 2-bedroom units • Sky Guest Select - 50+ channels • Corporate / Family / Group bookings • Short walk to hospital, supermarket, aquatic centre, restaurants • Guest laundry • FREE pick-up and drop to train/bus • Close to West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail

BOOKINGS

0800 768 510

108-110 High St, Greymouth Tel: +64 3 768 5100 Email: sceniclands@xtra.co.nz

www.sceniclandmotel.co.nz

• Relaxing dining experience overlooking Lake Brunner. • Indoor/outdoor dining available. • Great cuisine, friendly hospitality. • Open 7 days, 10.30am til late Mon-Fri, 9.30 til late Sat-Sun. Winter hours may vary. • Morning, afternoon tea, lunch with fresh baking, a la carte dining evenings. • Fully licensed. Bookings essential. • 3 hour stopover on TranzAlpine.

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Phone: +64 3 738 0158

Web: www.lakebrunner.net Email: stationhouse@xtra.co.nz Koe St, Moana, Lake Brunner See us on Facebook

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beautiful, mountainous national park, Arthur’s Pass attracts scores of walkers and snowsports enthusiasts heading to the Temple Basin ski area. With many peaks more than 2000m in height, it’s been popular with mountaineers since the late 19th century and there are many accessible short walking tracks. The Arthur’s Pass Track is an easy 2.5-hour walk from the village to view the Dobson Memorial, named after the surveyor who charted this area. The friendly Arthur’s Pass village takes care of all the accommoation and dining needs of visitors and is a stop-off on the scenic TranzAlpine train journey that travels between Christchurch and Greymouth daily.

THE FAMOUS CROESUS TRACK (1881) BETWEEN BLACKBALL AND BARRYTOWN IS ONE OF THE

Arthur’s Pass

FINEST SURVIVING EXAMPLES OF A MINER’S TRACK ON THE WEST COAST. CROSSING BUSH AND ALPINE COUNTRY, THIS TWO-DAY HIKE, OR 7-8 HOURS IF YOU’RE FIT, HAS A HUT AT THE HALFWAY POINT AND A PUB AT EACH END.

Devils Punchbowl Falls, frozen in winter, Arthur’s Pass © davidwallphoto.com

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THE BEALEY HIGH COUNTRY LODGE, RESTAURANT & BAR

• 90min from Christchurch & the West Coast, in the heart of the Southern Alps. Surrounded by Arthur’s Pass National Park. • 5 ski fields within 20-40min drive. Devils Punchbowl & many walks and tramps close by. Restaurant/Bar open daily. • WiFi & coin-operated laundry. Lodge rooms have shared facilities, lounge & dining. Tariff: $80-$185. Seasonal rates. SH 73 (12km east of Arthur’s Pass Village) • P: +64 3 318 9277 www.thebealeyhotel.co.nz • E: info@thebealeyhotel.co.nz

Blackball FROM MINING TO SALAMI

JACKSON’S RETREAT ALPINE HOLIDAY PARK

• Voted Best in NZ. Accom for all travellers. Exclusive on-site walking track & glowworm adventures, stunning alpine views. Central to Arthur’s Pass, Lake Brunner & West Coast. • Power, non-power, covered RV/tent sites, self-contained & cosy cabins. SH 73, Jacksons, West Coast • P/F: +64 3 738 0474 www.jacksonsretreat.co.nz • E: info@jacksonsretreat.co.nz

The Selwyn district begins just 10 minutes from Christchurch International Airport.

Arthur’s Pass Alpine Motel Main Rd (SH 73), Arthur’s Pass Village E: info@apam.co.nz FREEPHONE: 0800 900 401

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• Our clean, warm and cosy cabins each sleep 1-5 guests. • All with own bathroom, kitchen, dining table and couch. • Listen for kiwi, watch kea play, enjoy nature at its best. • Walk one of the nearby tracks in Arthur’s Pass National Park. • Free WiFi, TV and DVD in all rooms. • Tariff: $130-$155 for 2 guests, extras $20. Reduced winter rates.

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lackball played a huge part in the political history of New Zealand and the Blackball Museum of Working Class History commemorates this in fascinating fashion. In 1908 local coal miners staged the ‘cribtime strike’, and downed tools for 10 weeks. It was the longest strike in the nation’s history and gained them a half-hour lunch break. Blackball became the headquarters of the Communist Party in 1925 and later the birthplace of the New Zealand Labour Party.

Among Blackball’s other claims to fame is delicious salami. The Blackball Salami Company Limited supplies high quality, traditionally made European-style preserved meats to outlets across the country. The museum has a permanent exhibition on Blackball’s mining heritage and celebrates workers on May Day and Labour Weekend. It also has a Pike River Memorial Wheel in tribute to the 29 miners who lost their lives in 2010. While in Blackball you can enjoy a game of tennis, go gold panning or go possum hunting at night.

COASTER HOSPITALITY Making a living on the West Coast has always been difficult, and hard graft and pubs have a close affinity. To experience this region’s renowned hospitality, pop in for a pint and a chinwag at any one of the many heritage pubs. Blackball’s derisively named Formerly the Blackball Hilton is a fine example.

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Natural Gold Nuggets Gold Nugget Jewellery West Coast Gold Nuggets & Gold Flakes as found and crafted into stunning jewellery

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STRIDE OUT

Go high up into the canopy on the WEST COAST TREETOP WALKWAY.

heritage, head up to the RIMU LOOKOUT. Located at the top of Rimu Hill, the one-hour, 4km loop walk takes you over the Kaniere Bridge.

For panoramic views of the Hokitika Valley, and access to relics of the area’s mining

Walk to the GLOWWORM DELL from town. There is a lovely fern grotto by day and

a stunning galaxy of twinkling glowworms by night. Several walks start from the GOLDSBOROUGH CAMPING AREA, 16km northeast of Hokitika. Other activities include fossicking for gold, picnicking and camping.

The HOKITIKA HERITAGE TRAIL/WALKWAY extends around the perimeter of Hokitika and provides an opportunity to explore aspects of the history of the town and the stunning environment. Pick up a leaflet from the i-SITE.

An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with birds high in the ancient rimu and kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Come and enjoy a leisurely 45-minute to one-hour stroll.

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HOKITIKA IS A TOWN THAT NURTURES THE CREATIVE SPIRIT. ARTISTS TAKE INSPIRATION FROM

f you think Hokitika Gorge can’t possibly be as good as the photos you’ve seen, think again. Located 33km from Hokitika, the vivid turquoise water and surrounding lush native bush are incredibly beautiful. Take the scenic loop from Hokitika by travelling back via Lake Kaniere, or alternatively turn the other way and head to the West Coast Treetop Walkway on Lake Mahinapua and then head back to Hokitika.

Captivating COUNTRYSIDE HOKITIKA GORGE WITH ITS VIVID BLUE WATER IS STUNNING.

STUNNING WEST COAST SUNSETS AND VIEWS TO IMPOSING AORAKI MT COOK. IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO BUY POUNAMU (GREENSTONE OR NEW ZEALAND JADE), YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE AS THERE IS A WIDE RANGE OF EXPERTLY Hokitika Jade Shops © West Coast Tourism INSET: Glass art © Hokitika Glass Studio

CRAFTED JEWELLERY AND

Hokitika Gorge swingbridge © Birte Becker-Steel / Wilderness Trail Shuttle

SCULPTURES SOLD HERE.

OCEAN PAUA 2000 LTD 25 WELD ST HOKITIKA EMAIL: OCEAN_PAUA@XTRA.CO.NZ WWW.OCEANPAUA.COM

HOTEL – CAFE – BAR – COFFEE

Full service hotel offering accommodation & dining in the heart of the town centre

PH: +64 3 755 6128 OPEN 7 DAYS • Official accommodation partner with The West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail • Choose from a variety of different room types to suit your budget: -  The Penthouse – magnificent Tasman Sea Views with true colours of comfort and luxury - Luxurious and spacious   Oceanview rooms overlooking the rugged Tasman Sea - Elegant Driftwood Rooms

• Conveniently located to base yourself in Hokitika and complete each day of the trail with easy driving distance back to your accommodation • Room service • Free parking • Guest laundry service • Restaurant & Bar • Bottle store on site • Secure bike storage on site

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Bike Storage See skilled craftspeople working on high-quality paua shell and jade. A visit to Ocean Paua 2000 Ltd will enable you to purchase that special, genuine NZ gift.

a gift with a difference

Elegant and Contemporary Design • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner • A la carte dining with dramatic ocean view • Fully licensed • Beachfront balcony

• Caters from small to large groups with set or buffet menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner • Perfect venue to celebrate any special occasions • Part of Beachfront Hotel Hokitika

0800 400 344

Located just 3min from Hokitika township and set on an historical, elevated terrace. Surrounded by majestic views of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, capturing breathtaking sunsets. Stations Inn offers luxury accommodation and an award-winning restaurant.

111 Revell St, Hokitika • Phone: +64 3 755 8344

11 Blue Spur Road, Hokitika

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Café & Bar Open daily • 7am to late Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Home-made cabinet food & great coffee

Reservations: 0800 788 673 2 Weld Street, Hokitika Ph: +64 3 755 6154

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iscover the region’s stories of people, pounamu and gold at the restored 1908 Carnegie Public Library. Although the museum has temporarily moved out, the Carnegie building still holds a superb collection of treasures and exhibits that go all the way back to 1864 when the first gold rush hit town. Highlights include an original stage coach and Hokitika Illuminated – an exhibition relating to Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker prize-winning novel that’s based in Hokitika. Fox Glacier hike © West Coast Tourism

Another piece of beautifully refurbished architecture in Hokitika is the Regent Theatre, an art deco building that still shows the latest movies and live shows, plus other events.

• Seconds to beach and glowworm dell, 900m to town

252 Revell St, Hokitika Ph: +64 3 755 8773 Fax: +64 3 755 8772 E: info@252beachside.co.nz www.252beachside.co.nz

• Motels, cottages, power sites & standard cabins • Ample parking for vehicles. Secure bike storage. Large group/ family units • Free WiFi • Pet-friendly • Full cooking facilities

RESERVATIONS FREEPHONE:

0508 252 252

Tariff: (2 persons) Cottages and Motels ($100-$170), Standard cabins ($60-$70) Power sites ($35-$45). Seasonal rates apply

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he historical township of Ross lies between the Southern Alps and beautiful windswept beaches. In 1909, the town unearthed New Zealand’s largest gold nugget, the 2.81kg ‘Honourable Roddy’. A replica of Roddy is in the museum in the Ross Goldfield’s Information & Heritage Centre. Admire the town’s historical buildings, browse through the craft shops and enjoy the regenerating native forest and

• Small Farmyard with Animals

16 Richards Drive, Hokitika Email: shining@xtra.co.nz

MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK

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• Apartments, Chalets, Cabins, Powered and Non-Powered Sites • Free WiFi

www.shiningstar.co.nz

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old gold workings on the Water Race Walkway. Whataroa is a peaceful and rejuvenating retreat for travellers, and the base for trips to the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve, where New Zealand’s only breeding colony of kotuku (white heron) nest. Jump on a guided jet boat tour (October to March) to view the birds from an observation hide. Scenic flights to view the glaciers are also available from Whataroa.

The wetter the better!

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his is the only place in the world where you can nip out for a walk on a glacier and be back for lunch. Although 140 glaciers flow from the Southern Alps, only the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers reach the lower rainforests and a trip to

the West Coast would not be complete without seeing them.

horizontal scars from where the glaciers have retreated. There’s a range of guided walks and climbing experiences to suit all abilities.

These huge tongues of ice cut through valleys and flow down through temperate rainforest to just 270m above sea level creating a wilderness right on the doorstep. The river valleys bear the deep

The two glaciers offer different types of experiences, which cannot be matched, so take the time to visit both. For more information about the 117,547ha Westland/Tai Poutini National Park, visit the Franz Josef i-SITE.

Heli-hikes and scenic flights with or without snow landings are also available, as is a scenic skydive for the really adventurous.

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FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER IS NAMED AFTER FRANZ JOSEF I (1830–1916), WHO DIVIDED HIS EMPIRE AND BECAME THE EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA AND KING OF HUNGARY. THE MAORI NAME FOR THE GLACIER IS KA ROIMATA O HINEHUKATERE OR THE TEARS OF HINEHUKATERE. HINEHUKATERE WAS HEARTBROKEN WHEN HER LOVER DIED WHILE CLIMBING THE MOUNTAINS. HER TEARS FLOWED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN AS A RIVER OF ICE AND FORMED THE GLACIER PROVIDING A SPECTACULAR MEMORIAL TO HER GRIEF.

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art of Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, the Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the jewel in its crown. The village has a dining/café scene and a variety of services and amenities. The glacier is 5km from the village and the walk to the glacier’s terminal face is around 45 minutes from the car park.

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Scenic flights & Glacier Landing

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Reservations Freephone: 0800 752 222 Ph +64 3 752 0210 • www.aspencourtfranzjosef.co.nz For further details visit

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Aoraki/ Mt Cook

New motel complex within Franz Josef Village. Opened January 2014. Comprises executive studio, one and two-bedroom luxury units. Complex surrounded by native bush and only a 2-minute walk Tariff: from $205 (2 persons). to bars, cafés etc.

Facilities include: • King-size beds • Kitchens • Free WiFi • Spa bath units • Radiator and underfloor heating • Guest laundry

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Ice Caves GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER INUIT AND EXPLORE THESE NATURAL WONDERS ON A GUIDED TOUR (WITH ALL GEAR PROVIDED) OF THE GLACIERS. ICE CAVES FORM NATURALLY IN THE FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER REGIONS, WHEN ICE MELTS OR WIND CARVES THROUGH THE GLACIER.

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FOX GLACIER

157km SW of Hokitika on SH 6

SHORT WALKS SENTINEL ROCK has superb views of Franz Josef Glacier and is just a 20-minute return walk that climbs steeply from the glacier road car park on a well-formed track. The KA ROIMATA O HINE HUKATERE VALLEY WALK (90 minutes return) leads you towards the terminal face

of the glacier. Can be affected by flooding, so check conditions first. PETER’S POOL, a small ‘kettle lake’, is a 30-minute return walk from the glacier road car park. The DOUGLAS WALK (one hour return) continues from this point and passes moraine from the 1750 AD advance on a wellformed track.

LAKE MATHESON after local butcher/shopkeeper Murdoch Matheson

6km NW of Fox Glacier

ox Glacier township offers a more intimate ‘village’ experience than its neighbour Franz Josef. Tucked into the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, the town is geared up for glacier walks, hikes and flights. There is a range of facilities here and an award-winning café and art gallery with beautiful views just 5km away at Lake Matheson.

Just north of Franz Josef Glacier is Lake Mapourika. This is South Westland’s largest lake and is renowned for trout and salmon fishing. As the winds sweep high above the lake, the water remains calm and reflects the forest on the lake fringes. Boat and kayak tours are available. The area near the jetty is a perfect spot for a picnic. Lake Mapourika, Franz Josef kayaking © West Coast Tourism

Famous for reflecting a near-perfect image of Aoraki Mt Cook, Lake Matheson is 5km west of Fox Glacier township. A tiny lake well protected from the wind, its alecoloured waters are often incredibly still, providing the perfect mirror for the mountains above and best

viewed at sunrise and sunset. The area features abundant birdlife and is a great place for picnics, swimming and bushwalks. The Lake Matheson Walk is one of the AA’s must-do’s. It has an international Green Flag acknowledging it as a green space that meets sustainability, conservation and heritage criteria. Between Fox Glacier and Haast is Paringa, a haven for anglers and hunters. Here you can go bat-spotting and dine at a boutique salmon farm.

PARINGA 68km SW of Fox Glacier

Set in beautiful native forest overlooking Waituna Creek and the spectacular Paringa River Valley.

Specialising in fresh and smoked salmon The licensed café features a variety of home-cooked food to suit most tastes and budgets. Feed the salmon, purchase salmon products, souvenirs and crafts. Free Entry. Ph/Fax: 03 751 0837 Email: salmonfarm@xtra.co.nz State Highway 6, Paringa River, South Westland 7834

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View our memorial photo wall of local venison hunters and pilots  03 750 0825 Cool wee country store stocking groceries, fresh fruit and veges, frozen goods, snack foods, takeaway hot food, drinks, cone ice creams and great coffees!

www.haastbeach.nz

Jackson Bay Road, Haast Beach

ASURE ASPIRING COURT MOTEL HAAST

THE SALMON FARM CAFE & SHOP

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HAAST after explorer and geologist Julius von Haast • 117km SW of Fox Glacier

7 DAYS

• 13 x ground-floor units facing the afternoon sun. • Studio, 1 & 2-bedroom units, kitchens, queen-size beds. • Sky TV. Ample parking. WiFi available. • Walk to shops & restaurants. 5min drive to beach. • Tariff: $125-$175 (2 persons). Seasonal rates. Marks Rd, Haast Township • P: +64 3 750 0703 • Res: 0800 500 703 www.aspiringcourtmotel.com • E: info@aspiringcourtmotel.com

HAAST BEACH MOTEL

• Located in a rural setting at Haast Beach and just a few minutes drive to local restaurants and bars. • A short 200m walk to a magnificent beach. • Grocery store and petrol station on site. • Studio and family units available.

417 Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Haast • P: +64 3 750 0803 www.haastbeach.nz • E: info@haastbeach.nz • Host: Nicola Johnston

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aast is at the heart of Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage area, a 2.6 million hectare landscape covering four national parks. There are small settlements, Haast Junction, Haast Beach and Haast itself, each with its own frontier town atmosphere. Helicopters fly deer hunters into the rugged ranges and local pubs display the mounted trophy heads of their kill. Everywhere you look is thick rainforest. Go fishing, tramping, take a nature tour, scenic flight, river safari or jet boat ride. Look out for fantails, kaka and kiwi in the lowland forests.

Haast SURROUNDED BY THICK FOREST, HAAST ATTRACTS VISITORS FOR FISHING, HUNTING, HIKING, NATURE TOURS, SCENIC FLIGHTS, RIVER SAFARIS AND JET-BOAT RIDES.

Merino – Possum – Honey @ Haast

Thunder Creek Falls, Haast © BackpackerGuide.NZ

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he road over the Haast Pass is one of the most scenic in the country. The journey offers a variable landscape of rainforest, wetlands, lakes, glacierfed rivers and white-water rapids. The Haast Highway has numerous lookouts, walks and waterfalls, most well sign-posted and easily accessed from the highway, with the glassy Blue Pools of Haast just north of

Makarora a particular standout. A gravel path leads to glacier-fed water in deep azure pools and the water is so clear you can see right to the bottom, creating an optical illusion of the brown trout suspended in mid air. Other highlights along the way are the Roaring Billy Falls, the Pleasant Flat Picnic Area, Thunder Creek Falls, Fantail Falls and Cameron Creek.

HAAST RIVER MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK

New Zealand-made Merino Possum clothing, Possum Skin and Fur products, Manuka Honey, Wild Ferns Skincare products, live working bee hive display.

Santana

Tahutahi Road, Haast • Ph/Fax: +64 3 750 0791 E: shop@santana.co.nz • www.santana.co.nz Free overnight parking for self-contained campervans 64

• We have a wide range of quality accommodation – motels, self-contained bunk room & ensuite to suit individuals, couples, families & large groups with spacious sites for your caravans, RVs & tents. • Tariff: from $40-$232 (2p) seasonal. 52 Haast Pass Hwy (SH 6), Haast • P: +64 3 750 0020 • Res: 0800 624 847 www.haastrivermotels.co.nz • E: info@haastrivermotels.co.nz

• Located in the Haast township (just off SH 6) • Come & enjoy our iconic West Coast bar & restaurant • Cosy fire and surroundings • Buses welcome • Excellent lunch and dinner menus • World-famous fish & chips • West Coast whitebait here! • Open 7 days: New opening hours: 10am till late (hours may vary over winter season)

South Westland, Haast • Ph: +64 3 750 0034 Email: hardantler@xtra.co.nz PAGE 9 - REGIONAL MAP


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