Westport – Forenoon Excursion

Exploring Westport Our initial foray into Westport’s many attractions included the seal colony and Cape Foulwind. The first thing I noticed as we headed to the seal colony was not the seals, but the wekas. If we saw one weka, we must have seen a dozen on the short walk to the headland where the colony exists. I suspect tourists may be feeding these birds as they approached us with no sign of fear. The second thing obvious around that … Continue reading

Goodbye to Marlborough

Its Time To Say Goodbye To Marlborough. Its now time to say goodbye to Marlborough as we begin checking out the West Coast. We have enjoyed our visit and acknowledge there are many attractions we did not have the time to experience. We’re sad to leave and expect to return again one day. Hopefully in the not too distant future. We had perfect accommodation. Uncle Abel’s Cabin is in a quiet part of Motueka and within an easy walk into … Continue reading

Following Merville’s Footsteps

Following Merville’s Footsteps To Pangatotara Do you sometimes do something really stupid – or not do something sensible – and live to regret your crass thoughtlessness? That’s where I am right now. Kicking myself. I had this great plan of following Merville’s footsteps to where she worked many years ago. During World War II my mother worked on a tobacco farm in or around Pangatotara. I have no idea exactly where this farm might be, so I visited to Motueka … Continue reading

Ngarua Caves

Ngarua Caves On Takaka Hill On their advertising leaflet the Ngarua Caves are touted as “a middle earth experience” on Marble Mountain. Who would I be to wonder if this is stretching the truth a little without going to find out. Getting to these caves was not as simple as the route on a map suggested. We headed out of Motueka toward Takaka Hill, acknowledging our hostess’ comment heavy rain a few weeks ago had had an impact. We soon … Continue reading

Another Day, Another Boat Trip Along Abel Tasman National Park

Visiting Abel Tasman National Park I never explored the Abel Tasman National Park as it deserves to be explored. That’s by foot, though the bush. Instead, I admit I took the easy way, yeah, you can say its the lazy way too, looking at its beauty from the deck of a boat. What a truly beautiful area of New Zealand this is. I never realised how many individual bays there were within Tasman Bay. Or how many kayaks could be … Continue reading

Still Riding the Pelorus Mail Boat

Riding the Pelorus Mail Boat – Part Two There was too much about our cruise on the Pelorus Mail Boat to limit it to one post. You’ve read the basics of our cruise. We enjoyed it very much. Jim and Fern were wonderful, chatting with the guests and sharing their knowledge and history of the area. They did a great job ensuring we all had a great time. Pulling into the many jetties along the way seemed to bring differing … Continue reading

Riding The Pelorus Mail Boat

The Pelorus Mail Boat – Part One Riding the Pelorus Mail Boat may turn out to be the highlight of this whole adventure around the South Island. To think we considered flagging the whole idea because of inclement weather. But the boat would have indoor seating, and the rain might not actually arrive, so we gave it a try. Thank goodness we did. What a wonderful time we had. And yes, we were very fortunate with the weather. That 40% … Continue reading

Travel Picton to Havelock

This morning was quite dark and overcast. Mist hung around the hills of Picton as we looked out our hotel window. But with only two possible days to take in a recommended trip on the Pelorus Sound mail boat – a full day excursion – and tomorrow’s weather forecast offering a 60% chance of rain, while today was only 40%, it was a no brainer. We had to go today. We hadn’t booked, so decided to ensure we arrived early … Continue reading

South Island, Here We Come

Our trip to the South Island is getting closer and closer. We did arrive at the Wellington check in area just a little earlier than necessary. Luckily, I had a good book which I almost finished while we waited for 12.45pm to arrive.     The expected southerly change arrived during our crossing of Cook Strait and brought rain and misty conditions. I was intrigued by the navigational aids on the hill as we entered Queen Charlotte Sound, so decided … Continue reading

A New Adventure

Where else should I begin a travelogue page on my site other than as I wander around our beautiful country. Starting soon I’m going to share my road trip around the South Island of New Zealand. Hopefully it will include some adventures, some poignancy – as I visit an area my mother worked during World War II – and a lot of fun. Join me as I travel the country to find at least some of these amazing places to … Continue reading