Hi, this is my first time to the region & would greatly appreciate any advice on this.
However, after I began reading all the recommendations here to stay at Tasman region, I decided to skip Murchison & Motueka (merely homestays to enjoy nature) & travel straight to Collingwood for 2 nights.
I've checked googlemaps & it shows a 4hr 50 min driving time from Hanmer Springs to Collingwood. Is this accurate? I am, in fact, a little worried about the roads along the way. Are they winding & narrow for long stretches, or up & downhills?
Also, is Collingwood a good place to stay overnight to explore the region? It seems much easier to get accommodations here than other areas during summer. TIA!