A few hours drive from the Abel Tasman Track brought us to Golden Bay on the north west corner of South Island where we at last had a steak and beer in the Mussel Inn as reward for finishing the great walk.
After dinner all we were looking forward to was a long hot shower and a nice warm bed … too bad the “hot tub near the creek” in our rather disappointing hostel turned out to be a rusty overgrown old bathtub 😦 Not exactly the kind of place we were hoping for and we left rather early next morning and drove to Collingwood for breakfast!
WOW, Golden Bay is really really beautiful! Totally laid back with a relaxed Hippie flair and far away from everywhere else. Even the people living there refer to a shopping trip in the next bigger city as “going over the hill” 🙂 So what do you do when your feet are sore and the weather is supposed to be rainy for the next few days? Well we found the cutest little Bed & Breakfast in Takaka and adjusted to hippie time. Initially we only planned to stay two nights at the Waitapu Springs B&B, but Serge and Marie were such great hosts that we extended our stay twice. The huge breakfast buffet, fresh plums straight from the tree, a Spa right outside the door and a beautifully lazy atmosphere for reading and doing nothing made it almost impossible to leave at all.
Takaka Hippie Heaven
Dangerous kitchen graffiti
OK we did not just bum out completely in Takaka. A day tip brought us to Te Waikoropupu Springs – ‘Pupu Springs’ – where about 14,000 litres of water per second surges from underground vents dotted around the reserve. Looks beautiful, but swimming or even touching is a no-no! At least we could refill our water bottles there 😉