Blogs from Nelson, Nelson Region, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 5


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson February 21st 2012

Hi Guys! We left Invercargill after our mamouth blog writing session and travelled to Te Anau before night fall. The next day we were up early as we had booked a trip to Milford Sound. It was raining so we weren't hopeful for beautiful views! Ferg, our bus driver, picked us up from our campsite and drove us about 2hrs to Milford. On the way we stopped to look at different points of interest. Our favourite spot was called 'The Chasm', where the river rushes down over the mountain and creates lots of weird and wonderful shapes in the rocks. The last part of our journey took us through a tunnel in the mountain which connected us to Milford. It was hard to believe that it was dug out by hand and before it was made, ... read more
Hey! Is that me in the picture on the bus?
The chasm
Our Milford Sound Boat ' The Lady of the Sound'

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson February 18th 2012

2/18/12 Started the day by going to the outdoor food and craft market. The highlight of the morning was a visit to the Hans Jenson Jewelry Store. Hans Jenson designed the Ring used in the movie Lord of he Rings. We also visited WOW, World Of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum. This museum displayed garments designed by artists from NZ and from other countries around the globe. They were futuristic in design and materials. In addition to the Wearable Art Exhibit, the Museum included a classic car collection. Leaving the Museum we began driving south toward the West Coast city of Westport. The road began to wind and twist as we entered higher elevations. Along the way we stopped at Spooner’s Range Lookout where we had a good view of the surrounding mountains. Further ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson February 12th 2012

Awoke this morning in Kaikoura, sorry that I'm here so briefly? Why? Because the view out my window is gorgeous. So beautiful that I thought I'd share it with my Mum and Dad on Skype, however I gave up when Mum thought she'd seen skyscrapers in the background. Skyscrapers. At a little quaint seaside town, less than 2 hours north of earthquake-devastated Christchurch. Dad just shook his head in disbelief...I just decided to get on the road and drive... I did a quick drive-by the town centre, which looked gorgeous. It's a shame because Kaikoura is famous for whale watching, yet on my whistle-stop tour, I have only enough time to grab some sushi and a coffee. About 40 mins north of Kaikoura was a place called Ohau Point, where you could see hundreds and hundreds ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson January 30th 2012

Its true. We’ve almost been here for a year. I really cannot believe it, a year of living out of our van and oh how I’ll miss Van-Demon. We met the father of the women who sold us our van and he was mentioning that Van-Demon was an early explorer of New Zealand and the reason they named the van after him, our van is a true exploring machine. We’ve spent some time doing all kinds of things in these past months. Wwoofing on sheep farms, tramping, more tramping, visiting with family, sea kayaking and more wwoofing. My sister has been travelling with us for the past two months and she is buying our van from us when we leave. One of the most interesting wwoof’s we’ve done thus far was last week. We wwoofed at ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson January 23rd 2012

Two nights safely spent in Christchurch, three nights, four...still I haven't felt a single quake or aftershock. I'm not sure if I'm more relieved or disappointed by this. Obviously I don't want to be in a devastating earthquake anymore than I wish such terrifying aftershocks and damage on the already frayed nerves of Cantabrians. But a small part of me would like to feel the ground move beneath my feet - just enough to get the adrenalin pumping like on a big rollercoaster ride, not enough for the hostel I'm in to fall down on my head. Once again I found myself with a few hours in Christchurch and ended up walking around the no-go zone that is the city centre. This time the sunshine was out and so were the tourists. Out of such devastation ... read more
City Centre through the wires
Lego shops!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson December 20th 2011

Rained quite hard as I moved on to Nelson this morning but my first thoughts were for my son who starts his basic training today - albeit 13 hours later due to time difference! One of the good services that the hostel in Nelson provided was a free pick-up from the bus station which was greatly appreciated. The other was free hot chocolate pudding and ice cream at 8.00pm every night. It's the sister hostel to Sequoia Lodge in Picton. Up early the next morning to make my way to the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. I had hoped to do some walking in the park but again I should have checked independently on me hostel's location because although in the description it says it is on the edge of the park - compared to Auckland ... read more
Goodbye Picton and South Island
Hello Wellington and North Island

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson December 19th 2011

Since I walked out of the Auckland International Airport at mid-day on the 10th I have felt like a "bag of jelly"! It's hard to describe really. Yes I have returned from a real adventure and so there is bound to be a period of uncertainty. Some parts of that adventure were very challenging, some parts were exhilirating while some parts were just plain boring. A real mix of emotions. I just can't seem to get enough sleep. Afternoon Nanna naps are standard, early to bed is a welcome relief and it's anybody's guess when I will wake up and be ready to go. Maybe that's jet lag is some shape or other. Where do I belong? Where is "home"? What do I do now? Have I got enough funds to get me through? Do I ... read more
Home. McLaren's Bay 9.03.11 002
McLaren Bay 30th Nov, 2010 046
View 8th August 09

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson December 15th 2011

Sneaky scientist Our ferry to the South Island is not until early afternoon so while Kristy works, I get to sneak into Zealandia Bird Sanctuary. Heather’s flatmate, the kiwi researcher, works at the Sanctuary and she gives me her ID card. She tells me that there is a check-bag area right in front of the automatic double-gate. So when I get to the surveillance outdoor entrance with its black, barred double gate (to ensure that no flightless birds skedaddle as tourists file in and out), I nonchalantly take out my bird book, binocs, and miscellaneous items out of my purse on the metal table. This process is meant to ensure I’m not carrying mice or other invasive smammals in my purse. Truly. I beep myself in and I’m golden. The Sanctuary is green as anything ... read more
Monumental island ferry
Marlborough Sounds

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson December 7th 2011

Vandaag besloten we om wat noordelijker te rijden richting Nelson. We hadden de dag ervoor besloten om te gaan zee – kayakken (waar ik toch een immense schrik voor heb) en een 2 daagse te doen. De 1e dag kayakken, dan overnachten op een eiland (geen bewoners en geen last van auto's = super!), en de 2e dag het eiland terug te wandelen richting onze auto. Tot we bij het lokaal van de kayakken stond een bord : 'wij zijn gaan kayakken en gaan mountainbiken, geen idee wanneer we terug zijn, tot een volgende keer!' Ok! Geen kayakken dus (ik toch een klein beetje blij!). De schrik zit er bij mij vooral in dat het water geen meer of een riviertje is maar ZEE! Golven dus! Ik was al es een dag zeeziek geweest en ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson October 31st 2011

From the moment I emerged from Christchurch Airport into the swirling drizzle and Antarctic winds of a late Spring afternoon I knew I was going to have to find myself somewhere with a better climate if I was going to stay in New Zealand long term. All evidence pointed towards Nelson, claiming to be the sunniest place in the country I wasted only a couple of days getting there. First though, some morbid part of me wanted to try and understand just what Christchurch had been through in the past year. I visited Christchurch six years ago. Jet lagged and freshly escaped from months of sitting behind a desk in the UK I was desperate for adrenelin-fuelled adventure, breathtaking scenery and the fresh air of the great outdoors - all the buzz words New Zealand promotes ... read more
Churches seem especisally badly hit
Pompom tree

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