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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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Dec 5, 2015 - Ferry to South Island

We were up early in order to board the Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton (South Island). It was very very windy while crossing the Cook Strait - enough so they had to close the exit doors on one side of the ferry. The trip takes a little over 3 hours - and the views coming into the South Island are stunning. We'll be catching a shuttle from Picton over to Nelson where we'll spend the night. Since we've had some difficulties with WIFI in smaller towns, I thought I'd go ahead and post now from the ferry itself. Tomorrow we'll be...

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Feb 9, 2014 - Takaka and Fairwell Spit

Both Connie and Fiona had recommended heading north towards Farewell Spit and as we hadn’t done that area at all that seemed sensible. The drive up was quite spectacular but as it was late in the afternoon and a sat night we really needed to find a room for the night so headed for Pohara. Sadly everything was booked as there was Mardi Gras on in the nearest town, Takaka, and evidently quite a few weddings taking place so we did begin to wonder if we would be homeless. In true NZ form a kind motelier suggested trying “The Shady Rest” , back...

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Mar 29, 2013 - Travelling from Franz Josef to Nelson

Today we got a 10 hour bus trip from Franz Josef to Nelson, it was a long day and the bus ride wasn't as enjoyable as the Queenstown to Franz Josef one but we did get the see the "Pancake Rocks" with was good, even though we didnt see the full works! And tomorrow we are off to Picton to start the Queen Charlotte Walk

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Will Down Under

Feb 23, 2013 - Nelson

Biggest event of the day was our cruise/kayaking expedition on the coast of the Abel Tasman Park. I guess Abel Tasman was a Dutch explorer who first arrived in NZ in the 16th century. Not sure if he made it to the North Island but did make landings in the South Island. Ironically, it seems that he never set foot on the are which now has a park named after him. He and his men had what our guide described as a "misunderstanding" with the Maoris there which resulted in several people on both sides being killed, so Abel upped anchor and got the...

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