11/28/2014 – 512 days/45384 miles

Wellington was my last stop on the North Island, so I left town on the ferry bound for Picton, on the top of the South Island
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I stayed a couple nights in Nelson, just waiting out some rain, then I headed to Takaka, in the Golden Bay, and right next to Abel Tasman National Park.
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North of Takaka is Farewell Spit, which is at the north end of the South Island.
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And the riding in that area is wonderful…lots of nice dirt roads with plenty to see.
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There were a few of these roads built straight across the water in Whanganui Inlet…kinda weird to ride across, especially on the one that had waves starting to crash over it.
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In Takaka, there’s plenty of options for good hikes…anything from 30 minutes to 4 or 5 days, so I spent a few days here, seeing what I could find.

First up was the hike to Wainui Falls
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The Grove
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The Labyrinth – This place was a bit strange…It was a tiny little park with some interesting rock formations to walk through
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But they also had randomly placed kid’s toys throughout…not really sure about the story behind them…
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And then things got a little more grim…
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Alright, that’s enough photos for now, but I’ll have some more from Golden Bay coming soon…

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