It isn’t often we manage to get away as a family; that is myself, daughter AND husband. So it was very exciting to head to Nelson for a break.
We arrived after a bumpy plane ride in heavy rain on a Monday night. The next morning we traveled down to Motupiko, to my husband’s uncle’s business offices – Nelson Honey and Marketing, where we each were given a car to drive about in. The weather was looking pretty grim that morning! Tim, my husband, spent the day helping out with odd jobs and catching up with Uncle Philip, while our daughter and I went off to catch up with old friends, the Cimino Family. Firstly heading to the farm they are developing in Wakefield, where I had the fun experience of helping herd their cattle in the pouring rain as the kids chortled away in the warm dry car! From there we headed to the house they are renting while they wait for building consent on the build on the farm. After a cup of tea and a chin-wag, it was like a switch went off, the rain turned to sunshine and we set off to Rabbit Island for the kids to expend some energy and enjoy some sunshine!
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The next day, Wednesday, after waking up super early (due to a cramp in my leg!) and grabbing a sunrise shot from the deck of Philip and Evelyn’s beautiful home, we headed out to check out a chunk of the Marlborough Sounds that Uncle Philip’s company has purchased to put beehives onto. Talk about gorgeous! I really want to return one day, perhaps without our sproglet to look after, and thoroughly photograph this place. There is so much history on this land, and interesting spots, secret beauty.
On Thursday we trekked over to Takaka to explore my old neck of the woods. I had forgotten how far apart everything there! We went to Wainui Falls, which has changed dramatically since the last time I was there, and also Pupu Springs, which was not as spectacular as I remember it being.
Saturday we went around the grave sites of my husband Tim’s family. It was really interesting to see three generations in the same cemetery. Our daughter is named after her Great Grandmother, Ila.
From there we went through WOW Wearable Arts, and then we had the pleasure of being able to head to Philip and Evelyn’s bach at St Arnaud for a couple of nights.
When we returned we meet up with the Ciminos at Split Apple Rock. The following day Ila and I went to Quinney’s Bush Camp with the Cimino clan. I can honestly say we barely managed to see a quarter of this incredible family get-away. If you are ever in the Nelson area, I highly recommend packing your lunch, getting goodies for a BBQ, driving the 45 minutes and spending at least a full day here – better yet, pack the tent and spend a week or two!!!
The Wednesday before we headed home Tim went to ‘The Island’ (the land in the Marlborough Sounds) again, while Ila and I went shopping in Nelson and talk right into a tug-of-war charity event in the middle of Trafalgar Street, and we visited the Cimino clan at their Wakefield property for a play in their willow tunnel! The next day was our last, and we spent it saying goodbye to our fabulous hosts. Cannot wait to do it all over again!