KiwiRail has linked up the track between Picton and Christchurch for the first time since November’s Kaikoura earthquake devastated the line, Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced today.
Today we stocked our mobile Rover pantry with all kinds of good food and tomorrow, weather permitting, we'll drive over the complicated Takaka Hill into Golden Bay, like a dream in its wild remoteness. Here's a link to what it's like driving there, plus my favorite descriptive quote from Fodor's:
The road into Golden Bay over the Takaka Hill rises 2500 feet before plunging again to sea level to the tiny township of Takaka. The road is a continuous 40-minute climb of twisting corners, steep drop-offs, and occasional passing lanes. Don't be tempted to check the views while you're driving.
Tukurua Beach, Golden Bay