Coastal Drive from Marahau to Punakaiki

Coastal Drive from Marahau to Punakaiki

Cape Foulwind Walkway

Coastal Drive from Marahau to Punakaiki

Seal Colony

Heading south on the western ‘wild’ coast of the south island in New Zealand was a spectacular drive. According to Lonely Planet, the drive from Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park) to Punakaiki is one of the top ten drives in the world. I can now see why. The rugged coast overlooks the dramatic beaches along the way.
We stopped at Cape Foulwind Walkway to see the surfers on the beach and after a short walk, we observed a nearby seal colony resting on the black rocks. The jagged giant rocks were jetting out of the sea as if they were reaching toward heaven. I wondered to myself if the views could continue to get better and better the further south I went. Continue reading

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

The drive from Kaikoura through Havelock and Nelson to Marahau was out of this world. The stunning mountain views were like a mirage in front of my very eyes. The drive from Kaikoura to Nelson is known as the winery route. Endless vineyards sit at the base of the mountains along the scenic drive. The backdrop was as if it were a painting, too good to be true. The drive from Nelson to Marahau was along a steep curvy road through the mountains. The magnificent views during the long slow drive made it worth it. As I sat silently on the bus looking out the window, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in that moment. Continue reading