Arohanui, Golden Bay!

A bit tired we headed towards Collingwood to grab some real food, having a long relaxing beachwalk and after a playground-and-icecream stop in Takaka returning to Motueka at last. The word “Arohanui” is a Maori word and, as with many Polynesian words, there is no direct translation into English. The literal meaning is “big love”, or “much love”…

 

Pilch Point Walk

The night at the cabin was very quiet, unexpectedly. Seems that the season hasn’t started yet, only the mosquitos are already at full power (hungry little monsters at the windows and doors, eager to come in but we didn’t let them, rather knot the legs and wait until the morning with the next toilet visit).…

 

Wharariki Beach

The little cabin we rented wasn’t ready when we got there so we had to take another walk (but it was what we were there for anyway): Wharariki Beach. Out there, between the rocks, in the little caves and even on the beach itself, wallowing in sunwarmed water pools at low tide, the New Zealand…

 

Farewell Spit

Tuhuroa, as the Maori call it, is New Zealands longest sandspit, forming the northern side of Golden Bay with a 26 km long sandy rim (above water, and another 6 km below sealevel). The white-golden sands are mostly composed of quartz sandstone (that also form the cliffs in the west where it erodes from), the…

 

Wainui

The northern entry to the Abel Tasman National Park starts at Wainui, which has a big inlet and bay facing the Northwest. If we have had the time to walk a little, we’ve taken the track to Separation Point, maybe even Totaranui. But being back at Motueka at 2:45 pm ([email protected] pickup) didn’t leave much time…

 

Labyrinth Rocks

Thursday morning, kids both have a long day (until 3 pm), time for Mummy and Daddy to have a little road trip on their own :) The Labyrinth is a two hectare wonderland of the most amazing limestone rock formations and regenerating native bush. There’s a walkway through a Network of Canyons and crevices and…

 

Gone splashing!

Floundering about in the still cold (but bearable tempered) water at Kaiteriteri is our daily fun in the afternoons these days. The weather situation is stable sunny and summerly at the moment, a big relief to the wet winter conditions. In the Background: The truck that did all that new season terraforming in the estuary.…

 

Beachplay

The water is getting warm quickly, it’s no longer impossible (even for me) to get wet, and even if the rim ouf our trousers gets soaked by a wave, it dries fast. And this feels like … SUMMER! The beautiful princess and the wild sea worm-dragon-snail.

 

X-mas Parade

There are just two ways to do Christmas this year: –  baking cookies, listening to X-mas music (and NZers seem to have a weird taste when it comes to that), buying a tree when everybody else does (at the beginning of December), put a lot of plastic on it or – ignore tradition completely, buy four…

 

Mussel Sausage

Never heard of that one? We neither, but the Nelson Market has it – and we bought it. It contains not only mussels, though; the main ingredient is lamb mince. We added some crisp potatoes and jams, sauce and salad but there was no way disguising the distinctive taste of the mussels :D Everybody else…

 
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