Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand: On our way from Hokitika, we stopped at the incredible limestone pancake rocks & blowholes, which at high tide, spout water high from the Tasman Sea. After a few hours admiring the tropical surroundings of the Paparoa National Park, we were on to visit the amazing Davies family of Takaka, Golden Bay.

Jono, Sophie, Hester & Clara welcomed us to gorgeous Takaka on Saturday night. Their idyllic home is set amongst nashi trees, maiz fields and a babbling brook, and we were lucky enough to stay with this generous family & call this beautiful place home for the next three days.

We hiked to Wharariki Beach where the magnitude of the dunes cannot be captured by words or photos. Both Thomas & I felt a little lightheaded after exploring this moon-like landscape. The next day, we set out to hike a coastal trail in Abel Tasman National Park that’s only accessible during low tide. Taupo Point was hidden gem, isolated, desolate & perfect for a quick dip in the (still cold) bay. It was such a treat to slow down, spend some time in Golden Bay and finish out our time on the South Island with such wonderful friends.