We woke to a misty, ground foggy morning. Not cold as we would expect in the PNW, but not quite warm either.
I went out for some early morning shots, while Gordy was getting up.
We headed north up the coast to Kaiteriteri first. It's a quiet beach town at the base of the Abel Tasman national park. You can hire a water taxi to get you further up the coastline, or just for a day trip to the beach. We had hoped to be able to drive up to the top of Golden Bay, but during the last cyclone part of the road along the Takaka hill was wiped out. It's only open 2 hours a day, and those hours didn't coincide with our waking and moving hours!
After a bit of breakfast and a stroll around the bay, we headed back down the coast to Motueka and onward down the river to Havelock.
The road to Motueka took us right along the Motueka river and I found myself been awed at every turn. I'd come back here in the fall in a blink! It was gorgeous! I'm not a fly fisher, but I've always wanted to give it a try. The Motueka river looks like one that would be very forgiving to a beginner - wide open spaces, and from what I've learned, big trout!