Nelson & Bays

Lisa Jansen starts at the top of the South Island and keeps going up, as she explores some of the more off-grid attractions beyond the better-known delights of this treasured region.
A quick 48-hour stopoff across the strait to Nelson was 
enough to give Vivienne Haldane the break she was looking for.
Peter Janssen’s magnificent book, A New Zealander’s Guide to Touring Natural New Zealand, is structured geographically around itineraries – 22 in the North Island and 25 in the South. Each takes in several sites within one area, describing their natural beauty and listing good short walks or detours that show off the scenery at its best. In this extract, he covers the road trip from Motueka to Farewell Spit.
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