After spending the night at a backpackers, we left the rain of Nelson behind and headed up through Takaka to Farewell Spit. It's quite a drive. During the road trip we went through many mountainous areas, but the Takaka Hill road is the most intense! The road itself is in a good condition, but there is a long windy climb, and of course a long windy descent on the other side! The area is quite scenic, and as the sun cleared we could see the nice blue waters and sunny beaches.