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Feb 7, 2019 - Around Nelson and Blenheim

Morning everyone Decided this was the easiest way to send a message. We have had two weeks away now. Travelling some of the time with sisters Carol and Gloria, and their hubbies David and Roland. First stop was Rangitikei Golf Course. Ken, David and Andrew (friend who started out with us and will be rejoining us, along with Dianne, in next few days) played nine holes of golf and Carol and I walked six of them. Then had a couple of nights in Wellington. Spent the day with Melanie and James. Visited the Terracotta Warriors at Te Papa, which...

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Jan 21, 2019 - Sleeping in a Container heading North

We are off pretty much on time heading out to the coast and up to the Glacier Highway. We have a short breakfast stop on route and then head along the windy road between Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea in the Mt Aspiring National Park. Our route takes us to the Southern Alps or Ka Tiri Tir O Te Moana. While I thought the initial part was windy when we get out to the coast then the road really gets windy. As we head north the traffic starts to get busier. Down south we saw practically no one now it is hard to get a parking spot at some of the...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Nelson

We traveled from Wairau Valley to Nelson on Sunday 11th Feb via Blenheim which was sort of going back on ourselves. We went to Blenheim as the journey to Nelson wasn't too long and it was throwing it down with rain so we though an indoor activity was in order. Opted for the Omaka Aviation Museum which houses the Peter Jackson WWI collection with special effects by Weta Workshops. Turned out to be really interesting and well worth the visit. The rain didn't let up all day so we decided to take the short route to Nelson rather than the...

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Oct 7, 2017 - Greymouth to Nelson

October 7, 2017 Woke up to the true West Coast weather, blustering and windy rain. It looks as if the entire northern part of the South Island will have rain for the next day or two. The showers at the Greymouth Top 10 are truly over the top! Slate tile, glass panels and spotless! They are far better than most hotels anywhere! We want to see the Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes in Punakaiki which is halfway to Westport. The trip towards the east coast and the ferry will be a bit longer but the rocks are supposed to be well worth seeing....

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Apr 19, 2017 - April 19, 2017 - Nelson, South Island, New Zealand

April 19, 2017 - Nelson, South Island, New Zealand We didn’t have an excursion scheduled for today. We took the shuttle bus into downtown and then took a taxi to the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum. Now, you might think this a strange combination, but it is actually pretty canny. They figured that the women would want to see the “dresses” and the men the cars. What they are finding is that the men also enjoy the wearable art, and the women enjoy the cars too. In the 1st 9 months they were open, they exceeded the number of...

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Mar 25, 2017 - Nelson, New Zealand (night 3)

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Nelson, New Zealand (night 3) TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” - Bill Bryson Woke up with the alarm at 7:15 for our big Marchfest day! It’s cloudy but not rainy yet. I got my shower and washed my hair and look all presentable for my new Kiwi friends at the festival. Art ate cereal but I was waiting…..We got dressed...

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Mar 24, 2017 - Nelson, New Zealand (night 2)

Friday, March 24, 2017 Nelson, New Zealand (night 2) TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” - Irving Wallace Wow, what a luxury….today slept until I woke up! That was about 8:30 so I had a good long sleep and am bright eyed and bushy tailed once more. It was a cloudy day but occasional peaks of sun and not too cool at all to start with. We took our time getting ready today and had crumpets for breakfast with our coffee/tea - delicious! It’s great to...

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Mar 23, 2017 - Nelson, New Zealand

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Nelson, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” - Sir Richard Burton Okay, usually I agree with this guy….but today we are departing into quite ‘well known to us’ lands - Nelson, New Zealand! The place that if we were to move here we would settle down in. We have been here on every trip but the first and every time, we still love it as a place to stay. It’s popular with Kiwis too so it’s a very, very good spot to live. Woke up at 7 with...

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Mar 23, 2017 - cycling and tramping

The weather forecast was for a cool and cloudy day but it turned out to be beautiful, warm and sunny! We cycled to the base of the highest hill in Nelson, locked the bikes and climbed to the lookout. Predicted time to reach the top was 1 hr, but these old folks did it in 35 minutes! We then cycled about 15 km to the next town and stopped at a craft brewery for a late lunch and BEER. The trail we were on is called the Great Taste Trail and we thought we'd go a bit further and maybe find some wine tasting, but turned around after about 8 or...

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Feb 20, 2016 - Nelson

Fri 19th Feb - cloudy, dull start to the day. Straight onto the main road but a bit concerned by a sign warning "no fuel station for 91km". We were low and it was a bit of a worry as we got towards Murchison with the needle dropping very low on the gauge. We refuelled the van and ourselves in Murchison and then carried on, we had rain showers but it looked brighter ahead. Arrived in Nelson and booked into the Nelson City Holiday Park for three nights. We walked into town during the afternoon and will do the same tomorrow. We will have a...

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Feb 13, 2016 - South Island

Meeting Jim's old tour companion Robyn and her sister and friends had to be the highlight of Wellington. Over drinks, we discussed race, religion, and politics. As well travel styles, destinations, jobs, and other topics. We old geezers left the young people to enjoy the night. At bedtime in our hostel, a few young fellows were having a beer party in the hall. They must have had 100 empty cans on the table. We were annoyed, but it didn't last long. Things quieted down and we slept well enough. In the morning, we explored a Saturday market,...

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Dec 7, 2015 - Abel Tasmin - Kayak/Hike

The morning began with brilliant sunshine, smooth seas and promise of a great kayak. We were talked into trying Vegimite and Marmite (NZ version of the former) on our breakfast toast. Al thought it wasn't too bad and would describe it as a salty vegetable taste with peanut butter consistency. Personally, I thought it was awful. We donned all our kayaking gear (skirt to keep the water out of the passenger compartment and life jackets) and pushed off. This time - I was steering from the rear of the kayak and Al was the "muscle" - so, for the...

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