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


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson January 9th 2016

First of many bike touring adventures. Having a blast on the "Great Taste Trail" Nelson - Mapua - Motueka.... read more
Great taste map in case we get lost
View from ruby bay
Mapua village rest stop

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson July 18th 2015

Nelson seems like it would be a great place to live. There are plenty of biking trails and green spaces. The city centre has plenty of shops and restaurants. There are a few average hikes in the area (like walking in the hills to the midpoint of New Zealand) but there isn't much in this small city to make it worth a stop in its own. I forgot to take a single photo during the 2 1/2 days I was there. Instead, it seems like a lot of travellers stop in Nelson after crossing to the South Island from Wellington and before going down the west coast, or to make arrangements to get to Abel Tasman National Park.... read more

Golden Bay is a little piece of heaven tucked away in the northwest corner of the South Island. To get there, you have to drive through the Nelson Region, past Motueka and the Abel Tasman National Park. You huff and puff over the Takaka Hill elevation 790 Meters (almost 2,600 ft). Just when you think your old goat can't make it anymore, you feel a lightness overcome you. Whether it be exhaustion from the climb or the view spread out before you, you force yourself to pull over and get out of the car. You've made it to the top. Beams of raw sunlight spread out in parallel lines before you. Cumulous clouds shift and swell slightly as if dangling from the strings of a mobile in the sky, almost close enough to touch, yet so ... read more
Farewell Spit and Golden Bay
Foraging Pukeko
My Humble Abode

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region May 6th 2015

Cheers to my return to travel blogging - not quite in the timeline promised before, but I suspect weekly blogging will continue to be a challenge and unlikely. Therefore, I vaguely vow to periodically blog during this time abroad. There are many reasons for this, among them: weekend travel, lack of internet in my apartment in Auckland, but mainly it's the mental hurdle of actually arranging words into sentences that seem like they would make for a worthwhile read. I do concede that I enjoy writing and sharing this journey with others, but for some reason I have mentally categorized this as homework and that can only mean one thing - procrastination. Much has happened since my inaugural post. Crazy that it has been more than two weeks since then and even crazier that next Monday ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson March 24th 2015

Après 7 mois en territoire hostile, à dialoguer avec les mains et à répondre "oui" à chaque fois qu'on nous pose une question même si nous ne la comprenons pas, nous avons décidé de passer un cap... Nous avons "enlevé les petites roulettes de la bicyclette" pour enfin regarder les films, séries et émissions de télé sans les sous-titres! Youpi (nous avons enfin trouvé comment changer la langue de la télé ^^Blague) Le séjour chez notre hôte fût fort sympathique et nous avons pu échanger sur les lieux alentours incontournables. Pour rejoindre Nelson, nous avons longé le bord de mer par un chemin de terre sinueux. Une vue magnifique de la mer aux nuances turquoises s'introduisant à travers les terres nous ont permis de rallier "The place to be": The Mussel pot. The village qui ne ... read more
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Golden Bay February 1st 2015

Pohara Early morning walk along the beach, well not that early obviously but quite. The beach must be about 2 miles long and is very gently sloping with very calm water it looks like the ideal kids beach. By the time we were walking back I think there were about 5 or 6 kids and a few parents playing 3 women jogging, 1 quad bike with a trailer and 1 man in swimming. The only thing not peaceful about NZ so far are the cicadas, what a racket they make. Sometimes we can hear them when we are driving on the noisy roads with the a/c on and windows up. Drove along the coast a bit past a sign for penguins, to the Wainui Falls. Interesting walk past some 'slips', through some really very loud cicada ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region January 5th 2015

Poklidnou ranní jízdu autobusem ve Wellingtonu (z 2.pásma za $3.50) zdramatizovalo malé' nedorozumění'. Tak schválně, kolik z nás dvou si podle vás pořádně přečetlo jízdenku na autobus a trajekt? Objednávaly jsme z centra Wellingtonu, tak jak nás to mohlo rovnou odkázat na terminál trajektu? No, mohlo. V zkratce: V 8:30 jsme měly odjíždět na trajektu a ne čekat na nádraží na autobus, který nás tam doveze. Taxi nás tam přesně 8:30 hodilo, ALE, jak bylo napsáno na palubním lístku, check in čas byl 45 minut předem. (Vy, kteří mě znáte, víte, že v takovýchto situacích mám adrenalin, vlasy, krevní tlak i snad hlas ve výšinách. Klid, absolutní klid a pozvolné tempo Saskie mi všechny tyto veličiny ještě pozvedlo. To jen, pokud si někdo z vás začal říkat: "Tyjo, s tou Kristy chci cestovat." Bacha na mě ... read more
Na trajektu
Hledíte na první novozélandský maják. Takový ten černobílý prťavec. Wellington v pozadí

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Golden Bay December 15th 2014

An alleged rest day - always a challenge for the wanderer. But the day actually began restfully enough. A wander across the road to the cute little court house cafe for excellent eggs & bacon with good coffee. A few average provisions collected from the sparsely-stocked village store - to be pulled together into trmpaing food later for whatever tramp tomorrow brings. But first the afternoon wants filling and farewell spit is only a short drive north. So off the wanderer goes for a visit to Cape Farewell, then a short hike out to Wharariki beach (I'll let the pics do the talking for those two). Then back along to Puponga Farm park and the last point mortal humans can drive to. Now this is a rest day, and the four days of the Wangapeka have ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Motueka December 10th 2014

Woke multiple times to the delightful sound of the rain pounding on the roof. It continued to do so most of the day - a proper downpour and perfectly timed to coincide with a rest day. Popped up the coast to Motueka and had a long chat about plans at the DOC office. All looking good for Wangapeka track and Leslie-Karamea track - I just have to decide which order to do them in. Supplies collected and back to the cottage to prepare the pack for the next few days. A heavy food bag tells me I'm taking too much but I don't mind carrying it both into and out of the trek if not used (better to have and not need than to need and not have). Jotted down 3-night trek plans for both Wangapeka ... read more
View from the deck
Melodious Tui neighbour

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region December 9th 2014

So Monday dawned and I dragged my weary bones into the car to navigate the 2-hour drive to the road-end below Mt Holdsworth. Battling some Wellington-bound commuter traffic for the first half hour, then queuing up to get past the results of the guy who decided to start his week by plowing his truck into a concrete electricity post, dropping the post and the lines skillfully across the road. Eventually managed to start heading in the right direction (i.e. away from Wellington) and made it to Featherston to stop for a decent coffee and a spot of light breakfast (at the Everest cafe...). Then onwards to the road-end, final re-packing of the pack, some cunning hiding of important things in places within the car where a thief might not think to look beyond the obvious bag ... read more

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