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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson May 26th 2005

Hello again! We've had a fantastic week since the last blog and have added another 1000k and a lot of mud onto the car... We left Kaikoura last Sunday and drove through fog and drizzle into the hills to Hanmer Springs. Hanmer is another of the places in NZ where there is a 'hot spot' below ground and they have hot springs that rise to the surface - hence Hanmer has grown as a thermal resort. It's a gorgeous wee Apline village - we were planning on staying one night but liked it so much we stayed two. The hostel in Hanmer was lovely, very friendly and with excellent staff, which is always a bonus. Our first afternoon was spent strolling in the Hanmer forest (more gorgeous autumn colours!), and in the evening we took advantage ... read more
Walking to the waterfall at Hanmer Springs
We made it!
The beautiful view on our walk

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson May 26th 2005

There aren’t that many train routes here and one of the few in the South Island is the trip through Arthurs Pass between Greymouth (on the west coast) and Christchurch (in the east). I’d planned to bus down to Greymouth and do the train journey after returning my car to Nelson but having met someone who said that the road ran almost parallel with the train I decided to save some pennies and time and drive instead. And it was a beautiful journey - lots of driving through river valleys with snow capped mountains in the background. ahhhh. Eventually I made my way to Hanmer Springs for the night, a spa resort on the Lewis Pass. After about 7 hours of driving today I seriously could have done with a spa but arrived to late and ... read more
Driving across Arthurs Pass
Driving across Arthurs Pass
Back through the Buller Valley

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson May 7th 2005

Hello friends and family. I'm sure about now some of you are experiencing lovely spring weather and flora. One friend in Japan just wrote and told me the recently ending Cherry Blossom Season was more spectacular than expected. Aahh, cherry blossoms. I have fond memories of the seasons I spent in DC admiring those lovely buds! As for me, fall is everywhere. The colors of the autumn leaves are stunning but fleeting for those south-westernly winds can be brutal. And just moments ago, there was hail outside. Not too much exciting going on these days. I am diligently working away at my temporary payroll duties. I am continuously "finishing" and then scurrying around the office to see if anyone has anything else for me to do. So I've accomplished a series of inconsequential filing projects that ... read more
Up the Hill, 1 of 3
2 of 3
3 of 3

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson April 23rd 2005

We stayed at the cozy 'Shortbread Cottage' for a couple of nights in Nelson and met a nice bunch of people (including Graham and Kath, another travelling English pair). We wandered around the city including a visit to the jeweler who made 'The One Ring'. The weather was a bit mixed so in the afternoon we went to see 'The World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars' exhibition which as the name suggests is a collection of pieces of wearable art (past winners of the competition which is an annual NZ art extravaganza). Tagged on to this is a large room full of great cars including an old formula one car and a cute bubble car which we tried for size - yes, you guessed it - its tiny inside! Was everyone under 5ft in the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson April 20th 2005

Well folks, I know it's been a while. You miss me, I miss you, and there is nothing all that exciting to write home about! I returned to Nelson a week ago Saturday and promptly started looking for work. There is a newish cafe here called Stingray that serves food, coffees, drinks, etc. They have a lovely courtyard and a DJ some evenings. The owners are these two laid back guys. Early 40s, I get the impression they earned a bit of money and thought it would be cool to open a restaurant. Actually, one of the owners, a guy named Nick, use to work at the first CPK on Rodeo and says he opened the Topanga Canyon store. He thinks he remembers Uncle Jon but I wasn't convinced. Anyway, they are slighty crazy - just ... read more
Mt. Cook
Easy to Move Them

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson March 19th 2005

Finally, an easy day in the city - no hiking, no mud... So it's a perfect sunny day and we go to Nelson. We preplanned it to be on the weekend for the market - I lost my hat and I need to buy a new one! Look in the pictures, didn't I do well? In Nelson we also visited their famous museum - 2 in 1 in fact. It's called the "wearable art" museum, plus a collection of collectible cars. The wearable art is really impressive - works that are only by chance called "clothes" - well, they are worn my manequins, but they are pieces of art. They do not allow camera inside unfortunately so I can't share the sights. The cars were nice, I always like these stuff. In the evening, again with ... read more
Maori dance
A real "WOW" collectible car

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson February 4th 2005

It was a roasting day today so we got creamed up and headed out for a walk along the river. Nelson is allegedly the centre point of New Zealand and they have a plaque and that to prove it, it's up some huge hill that's about a two hour walk but as it was a lovely day we thought we'd go and find it. The river walk was nice but there's millions of these sand fly about, Fiona is happy now that I've been bitten a couple of times, she though they were picking on her but it seems they're not fussy after all, bad news for me. Anyway we made it up the hill and it was worth it, we had to stop a few times on the way for water and a seat in ... read more
Centre Spot
Fiona
Andrew showing some leg

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson February 3rd 2005

Doesn't have quite the same ring to it as the Gerry and the Pacemakers number but the having sailed across both I can say that this one wins hands down. It was an early crossing so we had to be at the port for 7am, the boat left at 8am and it was so foggy that we didn't hit top speed for a while, the crossing took about 20 minutes longer than expected and we docked in Picton at 10:35. The views from the ferry were amazing and it was roasting when we landed so a quick change into our shorts and we were ready for the 2 hour drive to Nelson. Picton looks nice and we're back here in a couple of weeks so took the opportunity to nosey about a couple of hostels then ... read more
Down into the valleys
Nelson

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson November 17th 2004

Hi All Arrived in Nelson on Tuesday pm after almost 3 days of rain as we travelled up the west coast. Stayed in Franz Josef Sunday night hoping for weather change Monday but by 9am it was still v cloudy over the mountains and no flights we going. Decided to move on up the coast to Westport - a long day driving but not a lot to see on the way if the weather's poor. Apparently the views are great over the mountains when the weather's fine. Stopped for 2 hours at Hokatiki to se the kiwis in an artificial nocturnal setting in a small eco nature place. Great to see them and almost impossible to see them in the wild. Nothing much to see at Westport but went out to Foulwind Point - very appropriate ... read more
Mum & puppy fur seal
Lunch at the 'Grape Escape'
Dinner with Charles Lizzie and Elaine in Nelson

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson December 18th 2002

Nelson is a larger town just south of the Golden Bay. It¡¯s known for its excellent wine, hippys and fruit. We travelled down in Freddy¡¯s car, which he bough for less than the one I had, has taken him further and is in a lot better condition. In the hostel we stayed at we met Joe, Joe had just walked the Queen Charlotte¡¯s Track the day before us. Joe works for 7 months a year in Snowdonia and for four months is free to travel or work on his sculpture. Lucky guy, has a job he loves with time to enjoy other things in life, at least I¡¯m starting to get ideas. The big thing we did in Nelson was ¨C LORD OF THE RINGS ¨C The Two Towers. We went to see the movie two ... read more




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