Road trip Part 1 – Amberley, Maruia Falls, Tahananui Beach, Nelson

I had this week off work, and had a big ole to-do list around home.  But things didn’t go to plan, and we took a short unexpected roadie.  A night in Nelson, a night in my family hometown Reefton, and driving through points in between.

Amberley

Paris Cafe in Amberley. With some artful cropping, we could zush up our summer holiday pics no end.

Maruia Falls

Where a bee had the temerity to sting me, and a visitor had the gall to do a shit beside the river when there was a DOC loo metres away.

Tahunanui Beach

Tahunanui Beach had playgrounds galore, a miniature railway round a lake (open on Sundays, not while we were there), bumper boats, trampoline world, and racing karts. Excite!

Nelson

Unexpected architectural delights for lovers of Brutalism, Art Deco, and Gothic.


Loved Penguino Ice Cream Cafe, design store Cubicle, and Gizmos (pinup girl frocks etc). I had the salted lychee sorbet, and DAMN.

Nelson Steps and Cathedral

It was muggy and hot and wonderful. There was a Christmas Tree festival in the Nelson Cathedral, and we were there just before closing so got to turn out the lights and blow out the candles.

 

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