Able in Tasman

One of our favourite destinations:

Into the Abel Tasman National Park (by taxi)

It’s almost an hour to Anchorage

and on the way they always stop at the split apple and Adele Island (for the seals)

But after a while of flying on the water

and with all the tourists running away on the track like beestung

we took our time to discover some hidden beaches

… especially lovely at high tide.

From here with the waterproof gopro :P

Arielle and Arista, mermaid sisters.

Through the tunnel.

Another gem.

But all good things end and we went off to see new ones:

Anchorage from above.

Discussion on the way.

Bark mushroom that looks like Verena’s sunhat.

Torrent Bay Estuary

The Torrent River

Such a stunning green!

Quails watch us passing by.

Near the Cleopatra’s pools.

Finally! Find a rock, everybody!

But don’t get swept away.

Just sitting, having lunch and watching the eels can be enough for a while.

The eels???

Yeah, imagine you wouldn’t notice it until it nibbles away on your toes.

Safe on the shore.

Upper Torrent River.

Back to the Beach, right through the estuary.

Just follow the stream.

And suddenly you’re back.

Maybe your shoes need a rinse.

Relax from the exhausting walk.

Watch the birds.

And the elephant that’s just coming through the stone arch.

Anchorage, the tide is going down.

I’m sure he has an interesting storyline.

Let’s do the Pitt Head walk before we leave!

Stunning Manuka forests.

Tired wanderers.

Te Pukatea Beach.

Ridgeline path.

View to the West.

OK, after all that sand we need ice cream and a shower :)


Starlight Parade

Joy and anticipation.

Until the parade begins!

Let the cookies dance

the bears were already tired and needed a lift

the starship trooper gives out fives

and Dark “Candycane” Vader gets howls

and high five requests

then the steam train arrives

followed by more charismatic dancing

and brides!

And that’s the Zumba Club, in retro “Great Gatsby” look

Nativity march

and classic tractor show.

This year’s Santa and his little gnomes

… and elves.

It rains under the umbrella?

Mermaid theme rocks!

it’s a very old Buik.

Elsa helped to overthrow Santa and got to be the Christkind! Yeah! The parade is closed and the starlight is saved. For another year.



22 days of hope and waiting

until we find them like this!

The hen, surrounded by 7 healthy chicks, only one egg was infertile.

These little Araucana and Leghorn youngsters will add to our flock next year.

And already the learn how to pick food and how to politely wipe their beak.



Early Summer in the Valley

What was going on at Pangatotara in spring?

First roses!

First grilled apples of the season.

Sheep got shorn, again.

Look kind of naked atm.

Except the lambs, they look just cute.

Feeding time.

Making hay.




Too hot to not get wet and not warm enough to be in a swimsuit.

This time of the year!

Happy Birthday!


Ngatimoti Fair 2017

Spring and early summer in New Zealand: High season for fairs, festivals and A&P shows (Agricultural & Pastoral).

With fun and games for kids, sheep shearing shows, wood-chopping competitions, Scottish bagpipes, firefighter demonstrations, display and awarding of farm animals, excellent food and all sorts of stalls to buy nice things.


Wharariki to Collingwood

Heavy rainfall hit us in the evening, so we went for a cabin instead of setting up our tent. :)

6:19 am at the Wharariki campground.

A peacock sneaking into our cabin.

He wasn’t keen on showing off with his feathers though.

So, what do we do on a rainy day in the middle of nowhere?

Just take some pictures of mailboxes and leave the Farewell Spit.

Stopover for a beach walk near Collingwood.

Want some salad?

Checking out the old cemetary after getting some nachos for brunch in Collingwood.

A slightly overgrown path around the cemetary.

Visiting the amazing garden around the Weka Workshop…

and the Collingwood Machinery Museum.

Always worth a visit. Donation entry.

Building a hut at Milnthorpe Beach

Some wood carver got loose here!

Art on the beach.


Cape Farewell and Wharariki Beach

It’s just a 5 min walk to the most Northern point of the South Island.

Steep cliffs without much protection. Keep your children at hand!

Enjoying the tidy green sheep-hills.

On our way to Wharariki Beach, armed with kites.

Stunning landscape.

The sand blaster again! No more beach pictures from here, sorry.

Wind seems to be common here, considering the shape of the trees.


Farewell Spit – Triangle Flat Loop Walk

It’s spring holidays and we thought we would go to Farewell Spit to camp in our tent for a night. Weather forecast was great for both days, but it soon became clear to us that the wild West Coast has its own rules at this time of the year.

Starting out at the inner bay side early at 9 am.

Crossing manuka forests…

and wetlands…

and sand dunes, to the outer beach…

where we got sand blasted.

Heading back after a short brunch at a sheltered beach spot,

saying “hi” to the thousands of ewes with their lambs…

that are sun bathing on the Triangle Flat.

Admiring the flowers there (probably considered weeds?).

Back to the car park.


Cherry blossom festival in Nelson

Going to Nelson via Tapawera.

The hop orchards are ready for planting.

The rolling hills of Tapawera.

Spring is here, even if some trees think otherwise.

Arriving at the Miyazu Japanese Garden in Nelson before the festival officially starts.

Loads of flowering cherries.

People already occupying the best spots.

Yes, we’re still in Nelson, not in Japan.

They did a great job on that garden with their Japanese sister city.

Japanese people everywhere!

And a few Chinese, selling dumplings, as usual.

Demonstration of Japanese calligraphy.

Thousands of visitors at this festival.

The local Karate club.

Showcasing their choreographies.

Kind of impressive.

Finishing with an artistic fight.

With timber sticks.

Enough karate for the day, let’s get some Japanese desserts and go home. 

And cook some Japanese inspired dinner.

And make a tea. :)