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Sep 17, 2017 - Blenheim to Motueka

September 17, 2017 Sunny with some clouds but by the time we left Blenheim it had started to rain. By the time we got to Havelock it was pouring. Ordered two “long blacks” which are very small black coffees. Coffee is good but not inexpensive by US standards, usually about $10 for two. Stopped in Nelson to see the art deco cathedral and walk the town. Was really raining so we didn’t dawdle. Outside of town is the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum which is not to be missed. Every Septemeber and October the WOW Awards Show takes...

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2017 New Zealand

Mar 3, 2017 - Making our way north

We spent a lazy morning at Hanmer Springs Pools. They have an impressive set up with various types of pools. An entry fee of $15pp allowed us to spend all day there if we wanted. We lasted about 4 hours. Mark had a massage, then we had a private hot pool for 1/2 an hour then cooled ourselves a little in the 25 meter pool. Mark trialled the water slide and then we sampled a number of pools. Some were chlorinated and others purely mineral pools. A number were around 35deg and 3 smaller ones were 40, 41 & 42 deg. After a dip in those our skin...

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Mar 10, 2016 - South Island

We are back at our cabin in Motueka after a four day trip out to the Abel Tasman National Park . We walked the Coastal Track for about 50km from Marahau to Totoranui plus a few side trips. It was stunningly beautiful and a great adventure. We have a few blisters and many sandfly bites between us- Theo managed without meat for four days and ate every vegetable offered! Izzy is officially a mountain goat. Phill carried a mammoth load on the fourth day when the water taxi wouldn't transfer our tent, cooker etc! I am exhausted but loved it....

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Our Year Out

Mar 18, 2014 - Abel Tasman National Park

This morning we got up bright and early (7am!), got dressed and loaded a pack—-rain gear (it drizzled while I was packing), breakfast and lunch, and water. We then signed up for a sea shuttle to combine seeing the Abel Tasman National Park by boat and hiking. We got picked up at the holiday park by a bus. The driver told us a little about the area while driving us to the boat. Used to be a tobacco growing area until the government subsidies ended. Now it is mostly fruit—apples, kiwis, berries, grapes, etc.—and hops. Facts for the day: the...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Charming Creek

This morning we headed north from Westport toward Karamea. It was cloudy but comfortable. At Ngakawau (you try remembering the names you can’t begin to pronounce!), we turned off to take the Charming Creek trail. This trail follows a rail bed used in the past for timber and coal transport. This is still a coal mining area. The RR stopped operating in about 1958. In many places the rails still form the sides of the trail. It also follows the Ngakawau River for the portion we hiked. (Charming Creek is at the far end of the trail.) Railroad...

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Jul 22, 2013 - At home in Motueka

At home in Motueka As I drove away from St. Arnaud, I thought of my new friend Marketa, up on the cold mountain with her 50 lb backpack, and hoped she had found the hut she was supposed to stay in, that she was safe and warm. Clouds covered the top of “our” hill. It was very cold and frost covered the fields and farmland I drove by on my way up to Motueka. I was thinking of the conversation I’d had with David, the owner of the hostel I had just left. I was the only guest and had the five bed dorm to myself. Actually, I had the whole...

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Nov 10, 2012 - intrepid trampers

Early brekky and we were on the bus to our hike drop-off with Mark, our Kiwi driver, who kept us entertained with jokes and history lessons of the surrounding area. Motueka is very agricultural with many different crops (kiwi fruit, hops and apples are three biggies). One interesting factoid Mark shared with us is that Kiwi's (the people) plant a crab apple tree at each end of their apple rows as they (the trees, not the Kiwi's) flower early in the year so that attracts bees for pollination. Then the main apple crop flowers and the bees...

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Nov 9, 2012 - southward bound

Up at 7AM!!!!!! We've got a beautiful day to take the ferry 3.5 hours across to Picton on the South Island - not a cloud in the sky and only a slight breeze. Best day we've had so far so maybe our luck is changing. We were told the crossing from the North to South Island is famous for being rough and we must admit the motion sickness bags hanging everywhere was a little disconcerting. Mercifully for us landlubbers the wind was light with no waves to speak of so a perfect crossing. The ships have 9 decks with a cinema, play area for kids, a...

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Oct 23, 2011 - Motueka

Nach einer schier unendlichen Fahrt (alleine 5 Std. Umweg, damit Patrick sein "Moria Gate Arch" besichtigen konnte) sind wir nun endlich in Motueka angekommen, wo wir bei KFC und Bier das Rugby-Endspiel anschauen. Leider war die Zeit bei den netten Schweizern in ihrem wunderschönen B&B in Punakaiki viel zu kurz, aber entspannend war es trotzdem sehr. Um 10 Uhr ging es wie gesagt der Küste entlang hoch zu dieser Höhle, durch die ein Fluss fliesst, so eine Art riesiges Felsentor. Die Fahrt dahin war äusserst abenteuerlich, ca. 40 Min. quer...

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New Zealand 2011

Mar 21, 2011 - Aces High

Biggles rides again ! It was irresistible to grab the controls of a Pitt Special (best prop aerobatics aircraft that ever lived !) immediately after take-off and do aerobatics over the coast near Motueka. Snap rolls, Loops, 4 Point Hesitation rolls, Cuban 8’s and Split S’s. Felt a bit grey at the end but heh – no pain, no gain ! In case you were wondering this was Alec not Janet. Short hop to Nelson where we ate out for the first time in ages (camper cooking just so good !). Very nice meal and found ourselves next to a guy making...

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Mar 20, 2011 - Oh We're a Couple of Swingers Yeh !

Another good day. Early start (used mobile as alarm clock but forgot that it would adjust for daylight saving in UK so were lucky that J woke early anyway !). Quick drive across the hill to Marahau to pick up sea kayaks on what was billed as a ‘Swingers Trip’, and then powered our way up the coast in the highest tide seen for a year as the moon is apparently at its largest for 90 years ! This enabled your by now tried and tested correspondents to pass between rocks where there is normally no water, and into caves that the guide hadn’t been...

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Mar 20, 2011 - hiking Mt. Arthur

We drove 1.5 hr to Kahurengi national park to access the trailhead to Mt. Arthur. This is a variable distance hike depending on whether you go to the summit. Most of us made it about 1/2 mile beyohd the floral hut which was 3.0 miles from the trailhead. Some us stayed at this overlook with the biggest cairn I have ever seen! Others went on an additional 2 miles to the summit of Mt. Arthur at about 6,000 ft. elevation. I chose not to go because I'm trying not to aggavate my lumbar back pain. In total I hiked 7 miles along well maintained...

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