From Nelson we headed further up to the top of the South Island. Our destination: the popular Abel-Tasman National Park.
But on the way, we passed some interesting spots worth mentioning. Our first stop was at
Motueka is another wonderful blissful little township near Nelson. Although we hardly spent time there, we fell for its charm. The houses look really cheerful, the main street is filed with life and artistry and people here seem to be much more aware about their environment, than elsewhere. Again we found many regional, organic and fair-trade products, we saw recycling centres and second hand shops. We especially loved a little shop, just outside of town, called Toad Hall. They had everything from fresh regional organic vegetables to freshly made yummy meals. When you pass Motueka the Toad Hall is a must visit.
From Motueka the road took us further up south to an intersection with a choice: a direct quick road to Abel-Tasman on the left or a windy detour passing the beaches of Kaiteriteri on the right. Which one shall it be?