The picturesque Abel Tasman National Park area is a firm favourite holiday spot for many Kiwis. This is hardly surprising; one look at its golden sands and crystal-clear water is enough to make you wonder why you'd ever leave our shores for a beach holiday. But there are two routes into this delightful part of the South Island, and one is particularly attractive for anyone who enjoys good food, wine and art.

If you don't have to be anywhere at a certain time, I'd definitely recommend diverting through the gorgeous, rolling Moutere Hills as I did recently. There are plenty