On the top of the southern island of New Zealand is the Golden Bay. This wonderful piece of earth features cold water springs, waterfalls, desolate beaches and awe inspiring nature. From Motueka the SH60 takes a stomach-churning meander over Takaka Hill to Takaka in the Golden Bay area. At this point we’ve done a fair bit of driving in New Zealand but this was by far the slowest hill to take. For the visitor the Golden Bay main attractions are access to both the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks, along with other natural wonders including Farewell Spit and a swathe of beautiful beaches.