The Kiwi way

It was our plain daily walk, up some hill at Kaiteriteri and down to Stephens Bay, a small path through yellow blooming broom flowers down to the rocky beach at low tide, in full evening sunlight. We were strolling around until we met a couple that did some shellfishing – curiosity had us and we…

 

Daffodil Day

“Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society’s annual flagship event and one of the most important fundraising and awareness campaigns in the country. As well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand, Daffodil Day is a major funding source for the Cancer Society …” see http://www.daffodilday.org.nz/ Most shops in Motueka had…

 

Riwaka Resurgence

Despite having the most lovely weather outside, we did a little bushwalk that is known to be perfect for hot summer days because of its dark, damp coolness. Out of a steep hill, a hole in the wall spills a whole river, the mere sight of it is worth the 10 km ride from Motueka.

 

Spring!

The weather prediction is ‘five days of sunshine in a row’. We’re excited and after a very cool 3°C morning the temperature very quickly rose to warm our necks on a fine spring day. Adjusting to our tide schedule we were up to something other than mud and stones for today’s walk, that’s why we…

 

The kitchen garden

Back home in Austria there are snails that can give every gardener’s a hard time. In New Zealand there too are animals which eat young plants but I actually still have plants to look at after 3 weeks since I earthed them. Winter is mild, snail danger low, I love gardening here! Even planted some…

 

Pohara

The Golden Bay is blessed with beautiful beaches. Pohara, near Takaka, is one of many nice places. Despite the misty and often rainy weather this spot is extraordinary.  

 

Totaranui

Because the Wainui walk took just two hours and we wanted to have one glimpse of the northern part of Abel Tasman, we ignored the fact that the street condition was ‘one lane gravel’ and just went there for another walk. And got to see the most beautiful sandy beach we’ve been to … like…

 

Wainui Falls

Yes, there obviously was heavy flooding this winter, the path is not always intact, but this happend not to be of concern once we met the one thing we didn’t expect here (and which required all the sense of adventure we had in us – a one man swing bridge … but see for yourself).…

 

Little Kaiteriteri

The little sister of the 15 minutes away touristic kaiteriteri area is much nicer to sit (if the sandflies let you) and pass the time. The beach is almost as long, the street is far away, big villas line up the hill and there are no intertidal mud flats (like at Motueka). We had a…

 

Friends

From time to time we got other girls from kindergarten or school over at our place. Verena still refuses to speak English but to our surprise most of the children understand, some even speak German. In the following some snapshots in the garden.

 
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