The 2nd of November 2019 was our last night in the South Island for this trip. Around about lunch time the next day we packed up the caravan at Rita Tuckerman's POP and headed off to the 2pm Picton Ferry. The Cook Strait was calm even though a nasty cold strong wind was blowing and … Continue reading Voyage Home
If you haven't driven over the Molesworth Station yet I would encourage you to do so. The gates at the Cob Cottage in the top eastern corner and the Acheron Accommodation House at the southern end open on Labour Weekend until Easter. The road through between these two buildings to Hanmer Springs is all metal … Continue reading Molesworth Station
Seen in Takaka Tree roots as part of wall Above and below murals And then over to Collingwood. More murals. Had to include this sign outside the hair dressers. And finally the coffee shop. Have a very good coffee and examine all the art hanging on the wall and the rear studio.
From Kaiteriteri it was up and over the dreaded Takaka Hill. It's up till you're up, a slight reprieve and down till you're down. Still some road works on the way up where the road has slipped away. A 12 minute wait until the green light. Stock up at the Takaka super market and out … Continue reading Golden Bay
From the Motueka NZMCA Camp, we travelled round the coast to Kaiteriteri, a bay away from the Abel Tasman National Park (ATNP). Here we stayed in the Campsaver Holiday Camp. The NZMCA have arranged with various camps throughout the country to charge $20.00 per night for two people to stay there. A good price especially … Continue reading Abel Tasman National Park
Our time house sitting at Upper Moutere has drawn to a close. The owners returned on Saturday and we are making our way over to Golden Bay. The weather has got warmer. Last few nights we did not have to light the fire and there has been some real heat in the sun during the … Continue reading Upper Moutere and Districts.
Well, we are at our last home sit in the South Island at Upper Moutere. We're looking after about 100 sheep, 50 lambs, 1 dog and 1 cat. Lovely farm setting and comfortable house. We will be here for three weeks. Time to do a bit of an explore and to hunt down some Australian … Continue reading Wool Less Sheep and Disturbing Sounds in the Night.
While eating our breakfast Monday morning we were rocked by a gentle earthquake. Pictured above is Earthquake. Further evidence of his earthquake abilities was some wool left on the corner of our van. Leaving our CAP in Koromiko just out of Picton on Monday we towed the caravan over to Havelock on Highway 6 and … Continue reading Havelock & Pelorus Sound
Our son arranged for us to explore the Queen Charlotte Sound with his friend Tussic aboard Tussic's little fizz boat. We were quite excited about this and met Tussic down at his yacht at 8 am. Our ride was tied up along side. First stop was to collect some cockles for lunch in a near … Continue reading Queen Charlotte Sound
Marlborough Sounds area is very hilly and cell phone coverage is minimal to non existant. Hence no postings on our blog lately. We are currently in the Brown River Freedom Parking Area at the corner of State Highway 6 and the road to French Pass, and I have 5 bars on my phone, so lets … Continue reading Marlborough Sounds