takaka main street - I loved this little town.  Great shopping for Kiwi pressies.  And, the Golden Bay area is so wonderful

takaka main street - I loved this little town. Great shopping for Kiwi pressies. And, the Golden Bay area is so wonderful

Takaka, New Zealand

Takaka, New Zealand

Takaka Hill View

Takaka Hill View

Pohara, takaka, new zealand

Pohara, takaka, new zealand

Morepork or Ruru by Flint|Foto, via Flickr.  this native New Zealand owl was seen as a watchfull guardian by the Maori as its a creature of the night    it is the only native owl that survived on the north island. It is often heard calling within dawn. the morepork is about 30cm big and weights 175 grams.

Morepork or Ruru by Flint|Foto, via Flickr. this native New Zealand owl was seen as a watchfull guardian by the Maori as its a creature of the night it is the only native owl that survived on the north island. It is often heard calling within dawn. the morepork is about 30cm big and weights 175 grams.

Pupu Springs! They are so beautiful and crystal clear, I almost cried because you aren't allowed to touch the water, and all I wanted to do was put my hands in it! Such a shame. You can really feel the serenity around this place. Magic.

Pupu Springs! They are so beautiful and crystal clear, I almost cried because you aren't allowed to touch the water, and all I wanted to do was put my hands in it! Such a shame. You can really feel the serenity around this place. Magic.

Takaka Valley. Quintessential NZ

Takaka Valley. Quintessential NZ

abandoned house Takaka hill

abandoned house Takaka hill

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