We took a day out, and drove west of Nelson around the Tasman Bay area. Drove round by Richmond, Appleby (interestingly miles of apple orchards growing beautiful looking red apples), Tasman, Motueka, Kaiteriteri and Marahau which was just inside the Abel Tasman National Park. Once again, scenery that was amazing.
We drove, stopped, drove again, stopped again – one of those days. The weather was just great.
We saw mountains, rivers, beaches, tame eels, vineyards and so on. Oh yes – tame eels: we stopped at a cute place called the Jesterhouse for coffee and they had huge tame eels in the stream next to it. The eels appear to be free to come and go, but presumably get fed too well there to leave for too long. Cute place, that did accommodation, one room was a giant boot in the grounds that was made into a bedroom for romantic nights away. Look it up:
We finally ended up at a vineyard for a bit of wine tasting which was fun.
Finally, we headed out of town slightly to a restaurant on the edge of the wharf. It was a recommendation from the lady in the vineyard. Taken to the table by a guy from Wicklow in Ireland, and our waiter was from Weymouth in England, but apart from not quite the kiwi experience, it was really nice, and great to sit outside near the water.
Now when we were out, we thought we saw a penguin on a rock. We googled it to see if NZ really had penguins, and it does, then we saw this sign on the road: