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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson June 19th 2014

We were picked up from the hostel by our first NZ help-xhost, a very smiley lady called Carol. We'd been attracted to this particular homestay because of gorgeous photos we'd seen of Cable Bay and, on arriving, we were not disappointed. Cable Bay is located on a tidal inlet around a small island, ending in a natural boulder bank that separates the estuary from the sea but connects Pepin Island to the mainland. It's a strange arrangement - when the tide comes in, the last place the water rises is the bit closest to the sea! But it is wonderfully scenic: the still, turquoise estuary water in the foreground contrasting with the steep, dry-grassy slopes of Pepin Island behind - lovely! The weather was equally lovely, with blue skies the like of which I've never seen. ... read more
Window view
Our first Weta
Where we snorkeled

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson June 18th 2014

So the plan is to revisit the adventures we've had in NZ so far... We landed in Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand - translates as "the Land of the Long White Cloud") in Auckland on a very warm, pleasant afternoon. We'd have liked to stay and soak up the sun after the grueling 24 hour journey, but there was little time - we had to get from Te Ika-a-Maui ("Maui's fish" - the North Island) to Te Waipounamu ("the place of Greenstone"- the South Island) before the oncoming storm struck. We were warned about the imminent high winds by a friendly customs officer and hurried onto a sooner plane by an even friendlier booking officer. Needless to say, we were treated to the famous url=http://www.newzealand.com/travel/en/media/features/maori-culture/maori-culture_manaakitanga-hospitality.cfmKiwi hospitality from the first and our Britishness was a ... read more
Domestic 50 person plane
Nashi Pear
Looking out over Port Nelson

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region April 4th 2014

Today we dropped off one vehicle and picked up another. We have downgraded quite a bit. We now have a Nissan bluebird about 5 years old. We made it to Richmond today. As we don't have our bed on wheels we have booked into a cabin. It is very comfortable and at least Pete and I can move around at the same time. Yesterday we caught a bus into Christchurch and had a walk around the city. It was quite depressing when you see all the devastation that was caused by the earthquake. It reminds you of how insignificant we all are in the scheme of things. We drove through more spectacular scenery today. We stopped at the same bakery we had stopped at the day before.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region March 28th 2014

In Franz Josef, my new friend Luz and I, loaded up on the bus to Nelson. We continued to chat and watched the scenery go by, occasionally nodding off due to the lack of sleep (lots of snoring going on in our 5-share room last night). So, unfortunately I missed a lot of the spectacular scenery. We stopped for lunch at a creepy possum lunch place where I met a friendly goat and Luz met a man from Barcelona who only spoke spanish. So, I left them to their spanish chatting - he was getting off in Hokitika to catch a train that would take him over the Southern Alps back to Christchurch. We boarded and continued our journey to Nelson with short stops at Hokitika and Greymouth, both appearing to be worthwhile villages to explore. ... read more
My Goat Friend
Pancake Rocks
Old Codger's MTB Park in Nelson

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson March 15th 2014

2 years of planning ....... Not long to go now .... Counting down the weeks. We leave for our 18week holiday to Europe on May 23rd. Flights all booked ..... Most accommodation booked ...... excitement & trepidation increasing. Passports are in the process of being renewed. Am thinking of what clothes to take.... read more

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson March 13th 2014

The count down is in single figures, we leave on Thursday 20th March.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson January 13th 2014

Donderdag 9 Januari 2014: Om 11u schiet ik wakker en realiseer me dat ik me ferm overslapen heb. Ik had men wekker wel gehoord maar dacht nog even te blijven liggen. Dat even werden 3 uur! Ik haast me niet en ipv ontbijt neem ik maar een brunch. Het eerste deel tot Rai Village is nog redelijk plat. Vanaf daar begint de eerste helling tot 250m. Als ik bergop ga, begint het lichtjes te druppelen. Dit in combinatie met de regenjas maakt het zeer warm. Het landschap doet me heel hard aan de ardennen denken. Ik ben in men nopjes. Als ik de top nader en begin af te dalen, begint het harder te regenen tot gieten. Langzaam geraak ik doorweekt en ik krijg het ook redelijk fris. In de verte zie ik een blauwe vlek ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson January 9th 2014

Maandag 6 Januari 2014: Ik en Richard slapen lang. Als we ontwaken duurt het tot de middag eer we gegegeten en gewassen zijn. Richard start en wasmachine en ik vul het nog wat aan. In de tijd dat de wasmachine draait, wandelen we op de heuvel naar een windmolen. Een experiment uit 1993 waar nog niet veel mee gedaan is. Bezweet komen we op de hoge top maar we worden beloond met een prachtig uitzicht over de stad. Na wat foto'tjes dalen we terug af. We hangen de was te drogen en dan stillen we de hongerige magen. Ik ga nog naar het centrum met een rechtstreekse bus en Richard blijft dus. In het centrum ga ik eerst naar Old Saint Paul's, de eerste kathedraal in Wellington volledig opgetrokken in houd. Wat een meesterstuk. Dan beland ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson December 24th 2013

Tuesday 24rd December, 2013. Nelson, South Island, New Zealand Christmas Eve - and another travelling day. Today we are heading to Nelson, the third largest city on the South Island. We are not looking forward to another big city hostel as they are usually skanky - or at least the punters are! We drove straight there as we wanted to have the opportunity to look around and to get the supplies in for Christmas as we have been told everything will be shut. M wrote a list while we were driving. We arrived and found the YH easily - the only problem was parking (there wasn't any free parking at all!). However our luck was in! After 5.00 the public car park around the corner would be free until boxing day! So we paid or 1 ... read more
22. Interior General Store
28. Cottage Hospital, Founders Park
30. Ansair Flexible Clipper

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 19th 2013

I have actually been on a couple of boats in the past couple of days, which was awesome. Yesterday was probably the best day of my trip so far. I went on a guided kayak tour of Abel Tasman national park. We spend the morning paddling through beautiful scenery and very close to several swimming seals. In the afternoon I was able to hike down the coastal track to Bark Bay, which had a great beach for swimming. The park was so peaceful and our guide was so knowledgeable and helpful, which made for a great day. Today was also a lot of fun. I drove out to the Buller Gorge for a jet boating ride. Jet boating is basically a more extreme version of powerboating, with more spins, rapids and fast speeds. In order to ... read more




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