Blogs from Motueka, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka December 23rd 2017

Char woke up on the farm for her first sunny birthday ever. We packed up the van, took one last dip in the creek and got on our way. We headed for Anatoki Salmon which is a company/ restaurant where you can fish for your own salmon. They will then smoke it or sushi it for you to eat in their restaurant - fancy eh! Well that’s what we thought too but it turned out to be a bit of a kiddies gimmick so we headed onwards in search of something better. We visited a few tourist sites along the way the first of which was Waikoropupu Springs. We had been told they were crystal clear turquoise lakes which was funny because they all referred to them as PuPu Springs! Anyway, they were absolutely the clearest ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka November 18th 2017

We stuck at it in the vineyards until the 2nd week but had heard from other travellers that there were better jobs to be found. Plus we wanted to find somewhere where we could park and live on site rather than travelling around different sites using all of our fuel. So off to the library we went to scope out some more options. By midday the following day we had offers from a hop farm and a dairy farm. The hop farm won our allegiance though as we could stay on site (plus the option of free beer) so off we trotted to Motueka. We arrived later than evening to meet our new self proclaimed dickhead boss. His name was Kem and began telling us his story of how he used to grow Blackcurrents to Ribena ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka March 10th 2017

" The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." Saint Augustine Tuesday 7th March 2017. Preparation is the name of the game when one travels and our research indicated we needed at least 30 minutes from Pororua to the Ferry in Auckland because of traffic congestion. So, we fired up the HBS and pointed towards the harbor arriving about 12 minutes later. What was the fuss all about? Having checked in we had time to wait as the inbound ferry, the “Strait Feronia” arrived and disgorged a huge number of large trucks and cars. This Italian built ferry (any reason to worry?) can carry up to 150 vehicles of all shapes and sizes and 400 passengers. So, it’s big and stable which relaxed Sue considerably. Sitting in the dark ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka December 17th 2015

We hebben Australië achter ons gelaten en zijn nu al anderhalve week in Nieuw Zeeland. Nog ff snel een update van wat er in Australië nog is gebeurd. Na de bosbranden waren we in Adelaide aangekomen. Hier hebben we onze camper ingeleverd en zijn we overgestapt naar een hotel. Wat een luxe! Op zich stelde de kamer niets voor maar na 6 weken in een camper te hebben gezeten voelt een echt bed en een eigen badkamer als een paleis. Van Adelaide zijn we met de trein (Indian Passific) naar Sydney gegaan. We waren naar het verkeerde station gegaan waardoor we nog bijna de trein miste. Maar een held van een taxichauffeur heeft ons met de nodige stuurmanskunsten nog optijd op het juiste station weten te krijgen. In Sydney hebben we 5 dagen gespendeerd. Wat een ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka April 30th 2015

#1 Be part of the family For four weeks, I lived and worked at Mountian Apple Farm as a WWOOFer. WOOFing or World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms, is a network where individuals volunteer 4-6 hours a day in exchange for learning about organic farming while being provided room and board). My hosts, Barbara and Rob, were so welcoming. They opened their lives to me and made feel at home. I became fully immersed in their lifestyle: helping make dinner and cleaning up afterward. After working in the gardens and orchards, we spent the nights watching Kiwi movies in the living room and went to their Tuesday night yoga class. On Thursday, Rob took me to an open mic night at the Park Cafe and we both performed and danced, and other nights we played music ... read more
Rob, Barbara and Felix
Brooklyn Valley
Helga's daydreaming

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka December 22nd 2014

Slow start given none of us could get to sleep last night - minds too busy. Bobby is still in bed but I spend a couple more hours with Shelley over breakfast - the subject hasn't changed. I pack up and head out a bit after ten, already a bit sad to leave these two behind. Three hour (hot, drenched) hike out and then the long drive to Motueka. Find my motel, wash everything, re-supply with tramping foods, and then out for a meal with Lance. I might pop back there for breakfast and see if he's still around - I quite like his company. Tomorrow brings a drive out to Flora road-end, a hike into the Leslie valley to Salisbury Lodge, then a day up and over the summit of Mt Arthur to Arthur hut, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka April 28th 2013

Dear all, It's Sunday evening. We are sat in the van having taken a stroll into town, stocked up on beer and eaten chips from the local chippy. We are here in Motueka, almost at Abel Tasman national park. After I wrote on Friday we decided to head into the town for the evening. We went and sampled local steaks and pies and then stumbled on an Irish bar called The Strawberry Tree. It was a great place and it was jam night so we heard some pretty cool live music. It was obviously the place to go for locals and there was plenty of local sagas going on with the two local ladies and the three men who all looked the same!! Great people watching. Since I last wrote we said goodbye to Kaikoura and ... read more
Can you spot the seal...

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka February 28th 2013

Arrived in Nelson after a flight from Queenstown to Christchurch then a flight from Christchurch to Nelson. there was only a twenty minute gap between flights so it meant a quick sprint from one gate to another, pretty tight I have to say. Picked up a car in Nelson and just drove for about half an hour to a little place called Ruby Bay. It was beautiful, there was a restaurant called the boatshed right on the entrance to the river, it was a really still evening the sea was like a mill pond and a bit misty. Across the river were some pine trees and beyond that a creek with a few boats. I ordered belly of pork, followed by a lemon posset which was superb washed down with a couple of glasses of cider, ... read more
View from The Boatshed Restaurant

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka February 11th 2013

HI everybody My excuses for the delayed blog, I guess no news is good news? Last time I wrote about my time in Wellington. At that time I was staying at the community of Rainbow valley in Takaka. That was about 2 months ago. Now I'm in Motueka, not far from where I was 2 months ago, maybe things have not changed that much, therefore there was not much to write about? As many of you have read on facebook, I've been wwooffing my way around the Golden bay, only to stick around for the Luminate festival. Something I was looking forward to even before I set foot on kiwiground. Things have changed, I have changed, but mostely my plane ticket has changed. I was suppose to fly back to The Netherlands the 26th of January ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka December 17th 2012

Here I am again, This day was not a biggie. So I'll combine it with yesterday's. We drove about 250 km (150 mi) that took quite a long time. Not as attractive as I had hoped but I did get a few pictures. Today we went the the other direction. it was steep and curves. Up an down. I cannot pronounce the place we went nor can I spell it. W___________pupu Springs. No, it's not what you think! It is claimed to be the purist spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Pushing up 257,000,000 gal. In a 24 hour period. Quite remarkable. We have moved to amother house for the next 3 nights. (Long story) Very nice, I will send pictures. Is Christmas really coming? Well, merry Christmas , We will be in Wanaka, NZ over the ... read more
Interesting stones
Pupu Springs

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