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Mapua, Motueka and Kaiteriteri – Coastal drives, vast accessible beaches, interesting eateries, wonderful walks, is self drive New Zealand at its very best.

All these destinations are easily reached in half a day or less, north west of Nelson on State Highway 60, on your way to Golden Bay.

Below are our favourite Rent A Classic detours on this lovely local road trip.

Rabbit Island: for BBQs and Picnics, with huge flat sandy beaches, with wineries on the way like the Seifried Estate and its amazing Sweet Agnes dessert wine, for people who don’t like dessert wines!

Mapua: Galleries and gifts, Fish & Chips on the wharf, (SmokeHouse), Ferry trips along the Estuary. Our coastal drive videos were filmed in Ruby Bay and also by the Mahana Vineyard, around Upper Moutere, which is well worth the slight inland diversion for the dipping and diving roads…

En route: Jester House Cafe with Feeding Eels & Boutique Accommodation

Motueka: Cafes, Galleries and Farm Shops

Kaiteriteri: Voted one of the best beaches in the world by the UK Guardian newspaper. The place to catch regular water taxis to memorable Abel Tasman tours and walks. A short drive away is the lovely Split Apple Rock beach, (just a 5 minute walk from the road, signposted off the main road).

Just further on through a lovely twisting and turning woodland and waterside drive is Marahau, the gateway to Abel Tasman walks, kayaking or horse treks.

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