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Nelson City

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  • Day106


    February 1 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    In AirB&B habe ich als Übernachtungsmöglichkeit für Nelson ein Boot gefunden und gebucht. Bei meiner Ankunft versprach mir der Bootsbesitzer eine Überraschung. Ob es ok sei, wenn ich beim heutigen Training (die Crew besteht aus 5 Personen) dabei sei, es gäbe ein Rennen. So durfte ich an einem wunderschönen Sommerabend bei einer Regatta mit 21 Booten mit dabei sein. Das war supertoll.
    Auch die Überfahrt von der Nordinsel zur Südinsel ist ein Erlebnis. Es ist eine wunderschöne Landschaft.
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  • Day21

    Westport to Nelson

    December 4, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Raining in Westport early this morning - time to head out of town to Nelson! We took Highway 6 out of town - a single lane highway with lots of one lane bridges, which can be pretty scary along the way! There was one bridge in particular on a pretty scary bend along a rock face - when we drove it, we followed a big truck and trailer, so figured we’d be ok - pulled off the road after the bridge to watch other cars approach, and at one point, there were two heading towards each other!! I guess there was enough room for them to pass each other, but nevertheless it was still crazy to watch!

    As we kept driving through the rain, we saw a sign that said “Swing Bridge”, so decided to stop and take a look. It was actually a bridge suspended over a river (and apparently the longest swing bridge in New Zealand). The bridge is 360 feet in length, and spans the Buller Gorge, swinging about 60 feet above the Buller River. We paid the $10 each to walk across, then took the short 15 minute loop walk back around through a lovely forested area, then back over the bridge - in the pouring rain!! Pretty cool experience!

    Back on the road, we continued our drive to Nelson, arriving there just after noon, to a lovely sunny day. We were too early to check into our hotel, so took the footpath from the harbour to the lovely downtown area, which was a short 12 minute walk. As in a lot of towns we’ve visited, the main downtown area is pedestrian only, with lots of restaurants and cafes along the street. We were on Trafalgar Street, and at the end is a set of stairs leading up to a clock tower and a beautiful church. We stopped for lunch on Trafalgar Street - the place we ate at had crazy milkshakes - shake, whipped cream, donut, more whipped cream, cookies and candy!! More calories than anyone needs in a day!! We had a browse through a few stores, then went back to check into our lovely hotel suite.

    I had a bit of a snooze, while Dave went for another look around town, then we drove into Nelson to have dinner at an Asian fusion restaurant, then back home to plan our day tomorrow - hoping the weather is good as there are some beautiful bays and beaches not far from here that we want to explore!
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  • Day22

    Rain, Sun, Rain, Sun, Repeat

    December 5, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Woke up to pouring rain this morning, thinking it may hinder our plans for the day to drive up to Abel Tasman National Park to hike along part of the Coastal Track (which is what they call trails here!). After a light breakfast at our hotel, it seemed to be clearing up a little so we decided to go for it! We drove the 64kms from Nelson to Marahau, where the trail begins (or ends depending which route you take!) and experienced blue sky, rain, more blue sky..... well, you get the picture!! The trail starts out along the beach with a short bridge and boardwalk, then changes into a well maintained trail, with beautiful trees and plants - a true New Zealand rainforest, with streams, creeks and waterfalls! In parts, there are beaches right alongside the trail, and in others, after gradually hiking up, they seem to be miles below! The first beach we came to was covered in lovely shells, so of course, we had to make a beach sign to commemorate our trip and leave for others to see we’d been there!

    We continued along until we got to Apple Tree Beach and headed down to take a look. When we got to the beach, there was a lovely bird in distress - someone told us he had a fish hook in his wing. Minutes later, a man got off a boat, approached the bird and threw a net and tarp over him, and proceeded to remove the hook! I asked him what type of bird it was, and he told me a Cormorant, and showed me the large hook he’d removed! The bird was a little slow after “surgery”, and it’s wing seemed to hang down, but he walked away and appeared to be ok. We’d hiked the trail for a few hours at this point, so decided to head back on a water taxi with a group of other hikers. The boat was typical of any water taxi, until we arrived at our destination. At this point, there was a tractor waiting for us in the water just off the beach with a boat trailer attached. Our boat went up onto the trailer and we were driven in to the beach by the tractor! Then, our boat driver hopped onto the tractor and drove us the half km up the road to the water taxi rental place and let us all off in the parking lot! We’d never seen anything like that before!!

    We got back to where we’d parked the car, and there was a nice little cafe right there, so we popped in for a quick lunch before heading to our next destination. We had seen a place on the map called Split Apple Rock, it was a short detour on our way back to Nelson, so we went to take a look. This was one of those beaches far down from the road, so we made the trek down to see the rock - pretty cool! Not many people on this beach, but it too was lovely. Of course, having come down a ways from the road, we then had to hike back up!! Didn’t take too long and we were both glad we’re in somewhat decent shape to be able to do this (ha ha).

    Headed home to our hotel, then got changed and out for dinner in lovely downtown Nelson - it really is a pretty little town and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!
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  • Day205

    Grapes, guinea pigs and golf

    March 30, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    After visiting the seal colony near Westport again before we left, yesterday we drove inland past rivers, forest, orchards and vineyards to Nelson, on the North coast of the South Island. Apparently this is one of the sunniest and warmest parts of NZ and the weather is being kind to us so far here - 25C and sunny today. Although the air temperature in NZ is often not that high, we've noticed that the sun here feels particularly strong - stronger than it would be at a comparable temperature in the UK. Sadly, we have had to cut Kaikoura (where we had planned to go whale watching) out of our itinerary, as the most direct roads both in and out are both closed at the moment (one temporarily and the other is still being repaired following the earthquake in that area last year)... Happily this has given us more time to slow down our pace of travel a bit (moving on most nights was getting a bit tiring) and o explore the Marlborough region in a bit more depth. Internet access is more difficult here in NZ, so I'm not keeping up with the blog daily like we usually could in Asia - going forward there may continue to be days with no posts, then several posts at once when we have decent internet.

    Today was a fun-packed day of family fun, exploring the area around Nelson and Richmond. We started off with a morning vineyard visit and wine tasting - we got to see the ripe grapes, ready for picking and to taste half a dozen different wines - a great way to start the day. We then went to a place that had a guinea pig village - a funny place where the "hutches" were mocked up as a school, castle, bakery, hostel and even a maternity hospital! Solana absolutely loved it and it has made her even more desperate to get a guinea pig as a pet when we get home (I think I'm going to have to give in on this one...). We then went to Waimea vineyard, where we did more wine tasting, this time whilst enjoying a delicious lunch sitting outside in their gardens. Across the road from there was a farm where we were able to go raspberry picking, eat a fantastic berry ice cream and buy some fresh fruit and vegetables (including the giant celery she's pictured with here) to help improve our diet! After visiting one more winery and sampling their wares, we drove across to Rabbit Island and spent some time on the beach there. It was a lovely beach and we all went for a paddle. We hadn't taken swimming stuff with us but that didn't stop Solana stripping off, streaking across the beach and into the sea (you'll be pleased to hear that we didn't follow suit)! Back at the holiday park where we're staying, we rounded off the day with a round of crazy golf - the first time Solana has tried it. A fun day was had by all.
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  • Day10

    Road to Nelson

    January 7 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    After the tour I went to buy some sandwiches and the I got onto the road to Nelson. It’s 28 degrees now, so really nice and warm but not to warm like yesterday with 33 degrees.
    I stopped at the Pelorus bridge and took a smaller walk their to the the Pelorus river from another perspective as well. It’s a really beautiful place and from outside you can see much better how clear the water actually is!
    After that I headed to Nelson. I took some small stops on the road but unfortunately I couldn’t stopped as much as I wanted to, because their was not so many possibilities to Stopp.
    Before I went to Nelson I decided to visit the Cable Bay. What a beautiful place this is.
    I took a short break here, just sitting on the beach and enjoying the view. 😊
    Then I went in to Nelson straight to the campground where I gonna spent the night.
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  • Day11


    January 8 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today I had a relaxed morning. Nothing special planed for today so I took it easy.
    First I went to the beach that was just across the road of the campground. Beautiful place and so lovely weather today again. Gonna be up to 28 degrees today.
    After that I went into the town to the Information Center to grab some flyers and find some inspiration for today.
    Couldn’t really find something in and around Nelson that I would like to do or see, so in the end I was walking up to the Center of New Zealand. Tuff walk but so worth it. I had a beautiful view over the bay from up there.
    On the way back I stopped by the Queens garden, beautiful little garden with a lot of roses and other flowers.
    After that I decided to already head towards Motueka, where I am going to meet up with Melanie, the girl from Switzerland that I met in Wellington, again. I stopped of coarse a few times on the way but was anyway quite early at the campground and just relaxing a bit. Nice with a calm day in between 😊

    Melanie arrived around 18.00 and after a quick shower we decided to go out and eat something today. We found a nice little restaurant with very good food and wine. 😉
    After that we went to sleep, because we have to get up early tomorrow for our Kayaktrip. 😎
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  • Day206

    Groundhog day?

    March 31, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 61 °F

    We all enjoyed yesterday so much that we had a similar day today. This time we started the day with a trip to Natureland in Nelson, a cross between a farm park & a zoo. We enjoyed feeding the farm animals (though Solana enjoyed that less than us, after choosing to feed the slobbery cows first!), touching lizards and seeing more native but rare NZ birds. We visited another vineyard for a wine tasting and lunch - all enjoyed a delicious lunch platter there, sitting in the gardens next to the vines and lily pond (felt like we were in a Monet painting). After lunch we visited the Berryland farm again for another of their berry ice creams - some of the best ice cream I've ever tasted. And afterwards we went back to Rabbit Island, this time with our swimming gear, to enjoy some more beach time. We rounded off the evening with another round of crazy golf - it got more competitive today and ended in me & Laura having a dead heat! We're enjoying this area of NZ a lot and we're pleased we decided to slow down the pace a bit here.Read more

  • Day148

    Craftbeer and Winetasting

    February 26 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Endlich sind wir in der Stadt der Craftbiere - Nelson. 😂 Sven testet sich durch und ich darf sogar auch alle testen. Sind alle glutenfrei. Das ist in Neuseeland echt klasse. 👍 Das Bier allerdings nicht. 😄 In Deutschland haben wir schon viel Glück mit dem Bier und Wein. Auch anderen Deutschen schmeckt es in Deutschland um einiges besser. Ist halt nichts für den deutschen Geschmack. ☺️ Aber war mal sehr interessant.Read more

  • Day16


    January 24 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Bin gestern mit der Fähre von Wellington nach Picton gefahren und dann mit dem Bus direkt nach Nelson. Hab beim einchecken gleich Theresa aus Hamburg kennen gelernt, sind gleich mal zur I-Site spaziert um Infos zur Gegend zu bekommen und haben spontan einen Kajak + Hike Trip für Freitag gebucht. Danach hab ich mich bezüglich Mietwägen informiert und aufgrund des günstigen Preises zugeschlagen. Die Südinsel ist wirklich fürs Road tripping gemacht, die Busse nerven mich und ich fühlte mich angekettet. Links fahren ist nach den ersten 300 km auch schon fast normal, fahren hier ist sehr sehr gemütlich! Sind heute entlang der Golden bay bis rauf zum Farewell Spit gefahren, wo wir am Strand und durch Schafherden gewandert sind. War ein cooler Ausflug!Read more

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