Wellington

This weekend the summer clock change hit us: We lost one hour – Europe is now 11 hours away, and will be 12 hrs with the European clock change by end of this month. Due to t his circumstances, we slept longer than expected and lunch time was almost upon us when we arrived in the…

 

The Ferry

When we told our kids, we’d make a road trip, they probably thought they would sit in our car for fourteen days, especially after the rather long journey to Picton. But there another adventure awaited us: The ship. The biggest ship they’ve ever seen. We were grinning over and over seeing the kids with their…

 

The Sounds and Picton

Almost awake, showered and ready to go we started off Motueka at half past 8 this morning. The ferry ready booked we headed for Picton, but not without stopping at the many lookouts on the way :) Once in Picton though, we had to buy some ginger candies to ease the upcoming motion sickness from…

 

The Tipi

The skeleton of the hut at the beach had been there a while. Everytime we passed the kids wanted to have a closer look but after the godwit’s welcome, someone had pimped the few sticks with some interior and roofing. This was irresistible, and a some hours of nice play are never wasted: We made…

 

Motueka River

I can’t believe we’ve never been to the river bevore. The pepples are in grey, green, blue shades with stray brick pieces and glazes tiles. Last week, the whitebaiting season has started and the banks were lined with fishing nets and traps.

 

Rainbow over Poole Street

It was a perfect day with sunny and rainy moments, completet by a stunning rainbow spanning right over our street and into the hops.

 

Welcome to the Godwits!

These delicate looking birds must be exhausted! From Alaska they come and, more each day, arrive at the Motueka estuary and Sandspit for feeding and breeding. The Godwit’s Festival is a hearty welcome to this creatures and a good excuse to lay in the spring sun while the kids play, have fun doing handicrafts or get…

 

Nelson, Pelorus, Havelock and back

Nelson Our visit to the Saturday Market has been long due, and we were craving another sourdough bread, Neudorf cheeses and some fine organic veges. Sometimes there’s even a quick thai meal to go :)  Pelorus The bridge is famous, but not because it’s so big, high or beautiful but because in summertime, people jump from it and…

 

The doll’s beach getaway

What fine day at the sandy beach! Old and new dolls made their great escape and enjoyed a little spare time on their own …

 

Harwoods Hole

The mostly carstic formation of Takaka Hill shows some interesting sights: The Ngarua Caves, formations at Hawke’s Lookout, the Canaan Plains  and Harwood Hole for example ~ but the latter is no walk for kids as the site is not secured at all with some ancient rockfall that lays across the valley entry (a potential…

 
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