Autumn in Abel Tasman & Awaroa

How spoilt we are to have this on our doorstep.

An amazing weekend running some of the Abel Tasman, and a night at the beautiful Awaroa lodge. (Huge thanks to a work Famil)

Checking out the eels
How the other half arrive!
Great digs
Truly stunning autumn day in Awaroa

Then it was back to Kaiteriteri grabbing a couple of Mt bikes and riding the Mt bike park and a magic section of the Great Taste Trail.

Perfect weekend in paradise on our doorstep.

Doing our homework on the Great Taste Trail

What an awesome 30hours we have had doing our homework for our up and coming Kiwi Journeys guided bike trips.

We are super spoilt to be able to ride straight out the front door and explore this magic region.

Nancy loaded ready to go

First stop WOW museum and we were totally Wowed!

30years on where Nelson began the WOW (world of wearable art) story
First coffee stop of the day at the WOW cafe

Further up the road the brand new “Pics Peanut Butter World”. What a success story and super cool spot.

The new factory turning out peanut butter in 45minutes from go to wo
Of course had to make a little and sample it. Can’t believe it is only made with peanuts and salt – no added extras

Betty and Nancy needed to get the wheels turning after two great stops.

20km we are were at the Grape Escape for lunch

Then the drought…………….not until you are out and about you see how dry the Nelson and Tasman region is.

The Waimea river looking incredibly low

Taking the opportunity to explore new places we visited a winery, that we didn’t even know existed – Kaimira Winery

Super pretty and the grape harvesting starting this week

Another few stops at Brightwater before a refuel stop at the Wakefield Hotel.

Being a good old southern girl you have got to love these pubs still selling Speights in tallies

Then we made our way back to Hope where we had our wonderful digs for the night at Pear Orchard. What a truly magic setting, fantastic accommodation and wonderful hosts Timo and Olivia.

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Stunning view from Pear Orchard
The chooks who gave us great free range eggs for breakfast
Selfie with the view and the dry countryside

After brekkie this morning back on the bikes in beautiful weather making our way back to Nelson.

Cruise ship at Port

All that in 30 hours and we were back home in sunny Nelson.

The Nevs Betty and Nancy are definitely loving life and living the dream this summer.

Betty & Nancy having a coffee date

Betty and Nancy getting itchy wheels with fire bans in place and all our Mt Bike parks, tracks and trails closed around the region. We are loving this long hot dry summer but we desperately need the rain so we can get pedalling again.

In the meantime short rides and coffee dates to the beach.

Coffee date time
Another trail closed
A magic view of Nelson
Fun times with Betty and Nancy

Tourists on our doorstep

Nelson to Motueka – 65km

Now it is not often you get to be tourists on your doorstep but why not……heaps of excuses no doubt but when you have paradise on your doorstep you need to get out and enjoy it.

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So off we go……..departing Nelson Saturday 8am.

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20181208_09050820181208_090517The start of eating and drinking our way on the GTT.  “Coffee in the paddock”.  So kiwi having a coffee with the sheep and horses…..

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20181208_13505120181208_163527Day 1 completed with ice cream in Motueka and an awesome stay at the Mot campground with a few beersies and winesies. Got to love how you can eat and drink anything whilst bike packing and summer is feeling like it has arrived in Nelson.

Day 2: Motueka – Nelson 65km with a few food and drinkie diversions.

What an awesome day being a tourist in this magical region. Mapua ferry back to Rabbit Island, Seifried wine tastings, Grape Escape cafe, Te Mania vineyard for more vino sampling, bumped into Santa at Eye Bright, had our first berry ice cream for the season, and the day finished with a beer at Styx.

So lucky to have this on our door step.

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There will be many more nights away like this over summer……………let us know if you keen to come along for the ride.

20181202_165829note Betty and Nancy enjoying some time out in the background.

Rocking The Great Taste Trail

Nelson – Brightwater – Nelson = 50km

Been back in Nelson for 3 days so time to give Betty and Nancy a shake down and their first taste of riding around Nelson.

A lovely spring day riding the Great Taste Trail to Brightwater. So cool to see heaps of riders out and about making the most of what is on our doorstep in this beautiful part of the world.

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18deg spring Nelson day
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Nancy loving the Trail

Lettuces, lettuces and more lettuces.

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HQ Cafe Brightwater

Back in Nelson and “Street Hop” taking place in town. Some very cool classic cars but in the meantime it will be just Betty and Nancy for the summer.

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Adventure Time

We have had the most fabulous month in NZ catching up with family but it is now time for the adventure to begin.

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Awesome time in Waikanae with the folks.
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Great catch up with Andy’s folks and the birthday girl in Christchurch yesterday.

No more sleeps to countdown, currently at Brisbane airport and tonight we are off to Bangkok to start our cycle trip. After 3 nights in Ayutthaya (100km north of Bangkok) getting our bikes all sorted we will be making the journey south/east in Thailand to the Cambodia border.

As in the past our plans are very loose and we will be winging it much of the time, but we do hope to keep the blog up to date over the next 6 months or so while we are in Asia.

Hoping the gear will all fit
Getting close
Relief all round……..off to Bangkok!
Paul and Susie our good friends in Brisie. Been great catching up and thanks again!

Nelson is sold!

We never planned on selling Cambria St, but at the same time we never planned on being residential landlords. So after owning our little home for 2 years, after one week on the market we are all sold. Exciting times but Nelson you will still be home after being our base for 11 years, and we will be back at some stage, even just for holidays.

Karen and Annette at Summit you guys are absolutely awesome.

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No more kiwi winters time to chase the sun.

After a cold few winter months it is feeling surreal to have finished up work, sold the car and the little house now rented out.  Farewell to Nelson and our wonderful friends but we will see you soon for sure. Just time to keep moving and chase the warmer weather for a while starting in Vietnam. Bring it on as the countdown is now over……..

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Farewell Nelson and our little house. Car loaded up with one final trip to CHCH
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Detour to Hanmer but way too cold for riding. That would be way to chilly on the willy.
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Travelling in style to Nelson airport with Terry
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Can’t beat Wellington on a good day
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Stunning view from the Copthorne
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Awesome weekend in Wellies doing the touristy thing and celebrating Mums big 70.
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The family in Eastbourne (just missing bro n law Martin)
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Eastbourne on a stunning day. Last couple of days in jeans and sweaters
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One of many weekend happy hours
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Mum and Dads baggage handlers and tour guide for next 2 weeks
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Nomads again!!!

The Wilderness Trail

Day 1 Greymouth to Kumara 23km

With the Wildnerness trail on the bucket list it was great to get it underway and even better having the Dravitzkis join us. After the drive over to Greymouth what a cruisy start to the ride with a flat short ride to Kumara. We hit the jackpot with our accommodation at Maggie’s.

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Loaded and ready for departure 
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Departing Greymouth 
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The boys getting ready for action
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No rain no wind …….perfect

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Kumara pub craft beersies 
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Maggies the best accommodation in kumara 
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Post bike ride work out so we won’t get cold

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Bike touring dinner and drinkies and too much whisky 

Day 2 Kumara to Lake Kaniere 50km

Can’t believe how lucky we are with the weather. The heavy rain forecast didn’t arrive. So a magic day of riding on the most incredible trail through stunning scenery with fantastic company. Arrived Lake Kaniere homestay with the most hard case host Grant. One of the Coasts colourful characters.

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Andy spotted trout but no rod on board 

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Lake Kaniere

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The world’s smallest wine glasses! 

Day 3 Lake Kaniere to Hokitika 23km

The rain arrived over night and we awoke to a light drizzle but perfect timing it cleared just as we loaded up the bikes. Once again a lovely trail as we departed Lake Kaniere and arrived at Hokitika. Wildnerness Trail ticked off and was absolutley awesome! Great few days on the bikes and stunning scenery.

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9.30am Lake Kaniere

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Tick………..Wildnerness trail!