New Zealand 2003 travel blog

Ralph & Wendy Cass (and Sam the dog)

Ralph, Kate, Sam, Wendy, John

Lenticular cloud above Picton

We said our farewells to Wendy and Ralph and drove on towards Motueka, stopping in Havelock for a coffee after in the morning. Within a couple of hours we had arrived in Motueka and we parked up and had a look around.

Motueka is a small town but it did seem quite lively in comparison to other NZ small towns. Along with Nelson and other satellite towns in the region, Motueka has become a refuge for some of the alternative lifestylers and craftspeople, which all makes for a lively mix.

We had come to stay with Mike and Kathryn, who live in a little village called Brooklyn, just north-west of the town. We had arranged to meet them in a bar called Hot Mamas at 5pm, but since we were early, we had a poke around the town and had some lunch at the Museum Café.

We successfully teamed up at 5pm as arranged and decided to get a takeaway and take it back to the house. Both Mike and Kathryn are teachers in local schools and Mike had just finished term today so he was ready for a beer.

Back at the house, we met their next door neighbour, Adrienne, who asked us babysit for an hour or so, while she took her daughter to see the Christmas parade in town. As a result we spent a pleasant evening on the deck (equipped with a very comfortable hammock), drinking and chatting.

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