- Walks & Hikes
Days Track is a steady climb up the Tahunanui hillside, connecting Rocks Road with Toi Toi Valley via Princes Drive. A combination of a sealed and gravel walkway (and quite a lot of steps), the track ventures between private properties, shaded by the lush green canopy of diverse vegetation.
The track takes in spectacular views of Tasman Bay and the Western Ranges, and as you near Moncrieff Ave you’ll find the perfect place to perch for a rest. A mosaic community couch, with the words ‘sofa so good’ emblazoned on the back invites walkers to stop and admire the views for a while. The couch was picked up from a second-hand shop, covered in concrete and then decorated with mosaic by a team of local artists, reflecting two of the things that characterise the Nelson Tasman region - art and scenery.
The name Days Track emerged from the early 1920’s, before the construction of what we now know as Rocks Road was completed. Back then, the only way to get to Tahunanui Beach was to scramble around the rocks at low tide, drive a horse and cart around from Bishopdale or to walk over the hill from Toi Toi Valley. The Day family property was the easiest and least muddy route for those coming over from Toi Toi, and the nickname ‘Days Track’ quite simply stuck.
How to get there: You can begin the track on Rocks Road, a few hundred metres past the traffic lights heading towards the City, or in the other direction from Toi Toi Street.
Photo credit: www.nelsontasman.nz.