Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 26 to 38 of 38
  1. #26
    Chinese spy
    sabang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Last Online
    Today @ 03:07 AM
    Location
    BackinOz
    Posts
    32,369
    Excellent. Really nice thread PH, in a really nice place. I done a hire care from Christchurch to Queenstown, a circuitous way. And a helitour over the big glacier & fjords. My last snow fight was in NZ.
    But there is soo much more to see, that I haven't- Greymouth & those nutter fishermen fascinates me, the wine growing areas, Scottish Dunedin (obviously still a colony). I'd love to van there.
    Christchurch & Adelaide are sister cities btw, and they do have some things in common.

  2. #27
    Thailand Expat
    aging one's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    19,149
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    but at $120,-/kg for crays, not cheap.
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Our B&B was simply brilliant and not that expensive, roughly $185/night . . . but the view and gardens were sublime
    Wow its quite expensive now in NZ it seems. Surprised me.

  3. #28
    The Bestest Expat Plan B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Last Online
    Today @ 01:27 AM
    Location
    Inside your head
    Posts
    5,271
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Then it was time for a spot of fishing (being a complete non-fisherman I caught nothing but my youngest one, 14, caught a nice salmon

    Guessing this is not in some high country stream but maybe in a salmon farm or hatchery somewhere?

  4. #29
    Thailand Expat
    kmart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 10:14 AM
    Location
    Rayong.
    Posts
    11,513
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Fantastic! Thanks for posting, I'm another Aussie that never got around to visiting. Keep meaning to...
    NZ is a place I've never visited either, despite having quite a few Kiwi pals, and old friends that emigrated there also. Hoping normal travel resumes asap.

  5. #30
    Hansum Man! panama hat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Today @ 02:56 AM
    Location
    Way, Way South of the border now - thank God!
    Posts
    25,252
    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    ^Wow, lucky you! The wine and food looks fantastic.
    It is . . . food, wine, exercise . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    Salmon is my favorite fish, it looks delish!
    Caught and fifteen minutes later . . . eaten

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Really nice thread PH, in a really nice place.
    Thank you, sabang.

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    I done a hire care from Christchurch to Queenstown
    Done that as well, stopping off in Wanaka . . . but that was over fifteen years ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    And a helitour over the big glacier & fjords.
    Double-thumbs up for that . . . definitely on my wish-list. Mrs Hat did it when she was in high school . . . How brilliant was it?

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    My last snow fight was in NZ.
    Same

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    But there is soo much more to see, that I haven't- Greymouth & those nutter fishermen fascinates me, the wine growing areas, Scottish Dunedin (obviously still a colony). I'd love to van there.
    Dunedin and Invercargil - they even speak like they do in Scotland - also a must one day

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Christchurch & Adelaide are sister cities btw, and they do have some things in common.
    This I didn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Wow its quite expensive now in NZ it seems. Surprised me.
    Yes, a cheap holiday or country as such . . . it isn't. We spent a week-end at Mount Manganui, near Tauranga, at a 'resort. Over $300 a night and we just felt cheated after living in Asia for so long

    Quote Originally Posted by Plan B View Post
    Guessing this is not in some high country stream but maybe in a salmon farm or hatchery somewhere?
    You'd be guessing correctly. Oddly enough they were going to close as fish weren't biting.

    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    NZ is a place I've never visited either, despite having quite a few Kiwi pals, and old friends that emigrated there also. Hoping normal travel resumes asap.
    It's definitely worth a trip, kmart.

  6. #31
    Hansum Man! panama hat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Today @ 02:56 AM
    Location
    Way, Way South of the border now - thank God!
    Posts
    25,252
    From Blenheim/Marlborough we drove onto Nelson, famed in NZ as the town that gets the most sunny days per annum . . . but is also a ver, very nice town nestled between the beautiful hinterland and the equally beautiful sea.

    (Not my pic, obviously)



    The town has quite a few 'old' buildings and is geographically the centre of New Zealand - a photo-must (yes, my photo):



    You walk up a hill close to the centre of town and 30 minutes later enjoy a breathtaking view of the place . . . which I forgot to do so I will use a sourced pic:




    Now, the main reasons for going to Nelson aside from always wanting to see the place (and we will be back) is it's the gateway to another astoundingly beautiful part of NZ, the Abel Tasman National Park. We scheduled several days there to do as much hiking as possible. There are many ways to do this, catch a ferry to one of many spots and get out and hike or drive up to the border of the park and just go . . .



    Most ferries leave from Kaitetriteri so it's a good idea to stock up on food in Motueka, about an hour's drive from Nelson.



    After this it only tracks




    You have to be aware of the tides if you are trakking along the waterline, though



    Low tide




    You also need to watch your footing as once you leave the paths you're kind of stuck with what you have . . . and we like going off-track





    MOre later, it's a long week-end - Labor day and the weather is kinda nice so off to meet friends for a picnic

  7. #32
    Thailand Expat TheRealKW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    4,642
    Looks brillliant, are you going to stay in tents?

  8. #33
    Busy gal
    MarilynMonroe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2019
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    1,203
    ^^Nelson looks beautiful! Enjoy your long weekend! My friend has been asking me to visit for the last few years. I hope to visit at some point in the future. I also didn't get to spend enough time in Australia ( a week), so I may try to do both if possible.

  9. #34
    Thailand Expat David48atTD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Palace Far from Worries
    Posts
    11,456
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    the Marlborough region

    Vineyards simply everywhere . . .

    A Marlborough Sav Blanc with those rich passionfruit flavours ... unique

  10. #35
    Hansum Man! panama hat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Today @ 02:56 AM
    Location
    Way, Way South of the border now - thank God!
    Posts
    25,252
    Oh yes . . .


    Now, for some floral entrants into Spring













    . . . and to top it all off, fresh strawberry and raspberry ice cream . . .


  11. #36
    Thailand Expat TheRealKW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    4,642
    yumm.

  12. #37
    Chinese spy
    sabang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Last Online
    Today @ 03:07 AM
    Location
    BackinOz
    Posts
    32,369
    Mrs Hat did it when she was in high school . . . How brilliant was it?
    Absolutely brill- I would say that and a helitour over the Hawaiian volcanoes & glacial valleys should be on everyone's bucket list. Not cheap but... the quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.

  13. #38
    Hansum Man! panama hat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Today @ 02:56 AM
    Location
    Way, Way South of the border now - thank God!
    Posts
    25,252
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    yumm.
    From a berry farm about 30 mins drive . . . fresh berries and Peters vanilla ice cream - so very, very nice



    And a last entrant from our backyard . . .







    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    the quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.
    . . . what an apt ending.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •