The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve is a stunning spot on the main road between Picton + Nelson. It’s a well provisioned campground, with lots of shade and flat spots for tents and campervans, hot showers, a gorgeous clear river for swimming, and numerous walks. Plus a cafe for those who urgently need their caffeine or ice cream fix each day!
Want a waterfall you can wade out to, a meandering river, a bush walk, and then another waterfall you can admire from a quiet lookout? Have I got the place for you!
Patuna Chasm has to be one of the best kept secret day walks in all of New Zealand. The fact it’s on private land and there is a entry fee involved probably accounts for that – but let me tell you that this walk is absolutely worth every dollar!
On the first sunny Saturday in December, I expected the Shine Falls track to be full of families trekking their way down to the falls for a swim – this walk is along a relatively flat track, safe, and with barely any uphill.
The research says that New Zealand’s environment is the number one reason visitors come here, and one of the most popular places has got to be Milford Sound – and after my first visit, I understand why.
If you asked a child to draw a mountain, I’m pretty sure they’d produce an image that looked very similar to Mt Taranaki. As you drive into Taranaki, the Maunga draws you in, and seeing her in winter, her top covered in snow, is just glorious.