Yesterday, we took the opportunity to take an old friend from Fiji on a day trip around Golden Bay, which is accessed via a winding road over the 'Marble Mountain' that separates Golden Bay from the Waimea plains. The the road summit's altitude is about 2,600' (792m) ASL with superb vistas to be seen from strategically placed parking spots.
|Not far from the beginning of the Takaka Hill road we look (east) down on the Riwaka River in the foreground. Nelson City lies under the hills in the distant background.|
|Merilyn and Heather enjoying the view from near the summit looking west into Golden Bay.|
|A rugby-infatuated cow makes no bones about demonstrating which World Cup team she's backing!|
|A few salmon at Anatoki Salmon Farm|
|Some of the purest water on the planet. Visibility is 63 metres. Te Waikoropupu - commonly referred to as "Pupu Springs".|
|Te Waikoropupu - the seething water emerging at 10 cubic metres per second.|
|Stacked stones as left by 19th century gold fossikers.|