September 22nd, 2010
Our national motoring organisation has launched a new website and an associated competition that celebrates what Kiwis already know.
The Road Trip.
We are truly blessed with some unique topography and modern cars need no longer worry about stopping at the top of the Kaimais or the top of Takaka Hill to let the radiator boil and cool down.
I was down at Tahunanui Beach today having a quick lunch break and coffee and the person I was with commented, “look up.”
I did and there was blue sky….but that wasn’t the reason why I was looking up….no to the west the Western ranges were covered in cloud that looked very much like snow cloud….and to the east behind us again clouds…although they looked more like rain clouds than snow ladden ones.
And then it hit me…..Nelson again was trying hard to edge up on its annual sunshine hours tally all by itself. Over the Nelson city area, and nearby coastal zone – there were no clouds just a perfect blue sky. And yes it did hit me, because not 5 minutes earlier I had been in the car and the 12 noon news was on the radio. It seemed we were about the only place in NZ enjoying a blue sky & sunshine according to media reports.
I digress…..back to the Road Trip, the AA have launched a new website to celebrate the driving experience that is the quintessential…… “Kiwi Road Trip.”
The site offers you the opportunity to start your road trip from any one of 23 designated NZ locations.
Then…well off you go…..
If you did select Nelson the site offers two different trips.
The first one is a very scenic trip with plenty of stop-overs, a visit to NZ’s smallest National Park, Abel Tasman and an AA recommended trip time of 3 days to get over to Picton.
As the AA Great Kiwi Road Trip site explains thus;
On the outskirts of Takaka are Te Waikoropupu Springs – the world’s clearest freshwater springs. Te Waikoropupu Springs, known as Pupu Springs, is Golden Bay’s most popular and famous attraction. The spring system is New Zealand’s largest and among the 100 largest in the world.
The springs are wahi tapu (a sacred site) to Maori and the water from the springs has been used for healing and ceremonial blessings. From Te Waikoropupu Springs, a route inland passes through the Aorere Valley, past the old-world atmosphere of Langford’s Store to the Aorere Goldfields (where the first flush of gold fever happened in 1857).
There is more than enough things to keep your eyes busy as the downloadable map guides you around the region.
For me that would have to be the longest recorded trip I have ever heard of….but when you see the fantastic itinerary they set you can see why.
That oughta give you plenty of time to not only see for yourself, but also to enjoy what our sunny region of NZ has to offer.
The second trip they recommend is one very familiar to Nelsonians, heck I travel it at least every 2 months, and that is the trip to Christchurch.
But hey don’t just let me tell you about it, head on over there yourself, you might even win a Mazda 2 car or other prizes.