Blogs from Nelson Region, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region April 2nd 2023

Oamaru to Nelson and homeward bound Our hotel in Oamaru turned out to be a lovely Victorian white stone building that echoed the town’s historical importance. We sat in 2 leather high-backed winged chairs by the fire and felt very grand. Oamaru was an important port in days of yore and was the centre of the world’s provision of frozen lamb….until the railway made the journey to Picton and then Wellington shorter than by sea and the importance of Oamaru dwindled. It's now deemed to be the home of steampunk and we have yet to discover what that actually means. Quite a lot of odd murals and statues and figures dressed in black, but we’re still none the wiser. We travelled northwards along the pacific road to Christchurch, where we visited the botanic gardens and revisited ... read more
Ellie waiting for her lunch....
Our chef.....

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 7th 2022

We’ll be on the road again tomorrow so decided to have a quiet day today. This morning we popped back to the Eyebright Country Store to buy a few more Christmas decorations. An added bonus was spotting the perfect Christmas gift for Kerry. We can’t imagine how we missed it on our last visit to the store, but then, perhaps, they put more stock out since we were in last week? Since we were in the area we returned to Old Factory Corner to buy some avocados at Conning’s Food Market. There was left over roast chicken in the fridge so we needed the avos to be able to make toasted chicken, avocado and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Yum! We took Robin and Sandra out to dinner at Aki Kitchen (Japanese) restaurant to thank them for ... read more
The 2022 winners of the Trans-Tasman Bolivia Ashes

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 6th 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … This morning Tracey helped Robin and Sandra decorate their Christmas tree and was given the honour of placing the star on top. It was also deemed appropriate that an Australian should put the Christmas kangaroo and the Christmas emu on the tree! After lunch we drove into Nelson to take a look at historic South Street. Originally settled in the 1860s, South Street is the oldest fully preserved street in New Zealand that people actually live in. The street features cobblestone paths, quaint Victorian cottages, lantern-style streetlights, planter boxes and white picket fences. It was certainly very picturesque. Our next stop was Christ Church Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral located on Trafalgar Square in Nelson. There has been a church on this site since 1887, but construction of ... read more
The Christmas Kangaroo
The Christmas Emu
South Street

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 5th 2022

This morning the four of us walked the Jimmy Lee Creek Circuit, a short walking trail through native bush that begins on the other side of Robin and Sandra’s street almost opposite their house. Woo hoo, I actually started the day with my exercise ring well underway before lunchtime! After an early lunch Robin and Sandra headed out to play Mahjong and we drove to Pic’s Peanut Butter World for the 1.30pm tour of the factory. The peanut butter factory was founded by Bruce ‘Pic’ Picot in his garage in 2005 because he couldn’t buy peanut butter at the supermarket without added sugar. In 2008 he started selling his peanut butter at Nelson’s famous Sunday Market, but almost immediately could not keep up with demand so it was time to open his first factory. The company ... read more
Cows on the hill
Walking back down along the stream

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 4th 2022

A busier day today, there’s been too much lazing around! This morning Sandra and I went to the Sunday market at Gardens of the World, a beautiful venue in itself on such a glorious day. Thinking that the market started at 9.00am we left home about 9.30am and were shocked when we drove straight into the car park at 9.45am where there were plenty of car spots to choose from. For a moment Sandra was worried that she had the day wrong, but it turned out it was only the start time that was wrong … with the market due to commence trading at 10.00am! What a fortuitous mistake, though, it meant that we were able to get close to all the stalls without having to jostle around amongst loads of other shoppers. Some of the ... read more
Water Garden, Gardens of the World
Looking over the garden to the market tents
Willow Bank Heritage Village

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 3rd 2022

This morning the weather was perfect for taking the boat out to fish. Robin knocked on our bedroom door about 6.00am to let Bernie know that the fishing trip was on. Sandra and I stayed in bed until a much more civilized hour for a Saturday! After breakfast we headed into Nelson for the Nelson Saturday Market. Sandra and I enjoyed browsing around the market stalls without husbands asking ‘Are we done yet?’ The market had the usual mix of produce and handcrafts. There were some stunning handcrafted timber items but, with baggage limits in mind, I managed to restrict myself to some handmade cards and a pair of earrings. After lunch the afternoon was spent processing snapper! Robin filleted and do-boned then Sandra weighed the fish and popped it into bags that I put through ... read more
Storm in the distance
Red Robin returning to the boat ramp
The catch

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 2nd 2022

The boys were going to go fishing this morning, but it was too windy so … another lazy day was had by all. We ventured out briefly to the collection of shops on McShane Road near the highway. There was a lovely craft shop with loads of gorgeous wool and knitting patterns, but I managed to resist buying anything. I already have a knitting project to finish (two actually!) AND yarn that I purchased during the last lockdown that I haven’t even started on yet … There are some lovely gourmet food shops at this complex so Robin and Sandra stocked up on a few of their faves. Before returning home we called in at the Eyebright Country Store. A year round gift emporium it specializes in all things Christmassy at this time of the year. ... read more
Wendelton Guinea Pig Village
Wendelton Guinea Pig Village
The lake at Eyebright Country Store

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 1st 2022

A very lazy day today. After a sleep in and a late breakfast the four of us drove over to Cable Bay for lunch. Its original Māori name was Rotokura before the Europeans gave it the inauspicious name of Schroders Mistake after he stranded his cutter on the sandbar in 1843! The name Cable Bay arose when it became the site where New Zealand’s first overseas cable link came ashore. In February 1876 the international telegraph cable that came ashore at Cable Bay established a connection with the worldwide telegraph network via Sydney. From the cable station, messages were sent to Nelson via telegraph wire. This new service meant that communications between New Zealand and Europe took only four days instead of up to six months for letters. We drove home via Nelson Back Beach and ... read more
Cable Bay
Looking across Cable Bay from the Pepin Island end of the causeway
Nelson Back Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region November 19th 2022

Bonjour à tous, J'ai une nouvelle compagne, la pluie, et je crains de l'avoir jusqu'à la fin de mon périple. Hier vers 18H30 je suis retourné aux baraques à langoustes, mais bien évidemment avec la pluie il n'y avait plus personne. Peut être même sans la pluie!. Un peu avant en passant j'avais vu un restaurant, une grosse bâtisse en pierre, avec pas mal de voitures devant. Je m'y suis arrêté, déjà pour voir le menu, qui me convenait, et la clientèle à l'intérieur totalement locale. Le genre d'établissement bistro - restaurant de nos campagnes. (il y quelques années). La grande blonde qui m'accueille, 20 ans, gracieuse comme une porte de prison, me trouve une table malgré que se soit pratiquement plein. (70-80 couverts), ayant compris, que je n'étais pas du coin c'est le patron qui ... read more
jardin du BB
dans les vignes

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region January 8th 2022

‘The Centre of New Zealand’ was our destination today with Patrick. This central trig point was used for surveying in the 1870’s. Starting at the site of the first-ever rugby game played in New Zealand we took the trail up to viewing platform with a giant white pin (built in 1968) that identifies its unique history and with amazing views of Nelson & Tasman Bay. On the way up we passed native trees and plants species and a solitary Kauri tree that had been planted in 1951 Kauri are among the world's mightiest trees, growing to over 50m tall, with trunk girths up to 16 m, and living for over 2,000 years. Patrick always finds such interesting walks and this one with those amazing views was another triumph. read more

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