Near Pohara there are some beautiful beaches (trouble viewing click here).
Wainui Bay, heading east toward Abel Tasman.
We're inland now when we see a sign for Toto's Cafe. With nary a speck of anything commercial around here, it's an enticing idea.
The road toward Toto's, gravel, but apparently well-tended gravel. Still without a spare, we took it carefully.
The road got progressively narrower and switched back and forth as we climbed to a small parking area, with a narrow path upward.
Wainui Bay in the distance.
This little map shows the gravel road that zigs and zags up to Toto's.
The owner fires up a pizza
Both the views and the coffee were delightful.
On our return, colors intensified.
Hooray--now we can drive all those gravel roads we've (sort of) been avoiding
Time for a celebratory flat white.
In Takaka, the main town in Golden Bay, these guys are grafitti-proofing a lovely Maori-designed archway that will lead to a new conflict memorial. This man was telling us what the symbols signify, and I mainly remember that the NSEW points symbolize hammerhead sharks. The poppy motif you know.