While staying at a local B&B, our host told us we just HAD to venture over to Jackson Bay and try the best fish and chips you’ll find on the west coast of the South Island. We cruise down a road hugging a calm, blue Tasman Sea ‘til we literally reach the end, Jackson Bay. A few cars, a mix of homes hidden amongst the forest, packs of dilapidated crap pots, a pier that looked to be more slowly than surely fixed, and one lone rectangular building the size of a cable car sitting on the cusp of the bay. Sure enough, this small building is the Crab Pot, opened from 12-4pm for it’s famous Blue Cod fish n’ chips. With one gal taking care of this 4 hour stint, she whips out some ridiculously good fish n’ chips and scrumptious seafood chowder.
To walk off this delicious local meal, we follow the green and yellow signs for the Wharekai Te Kau Trail, a 20 minute walk that takes you through lush forest to the other side of the ocean, where you come out to a hidden, “lost world” type of rocky beach.
It’s amazing the things you’ll find at the end of a road. You never know, until you go.