Arriving back in the Tasman Region, we just had time to quaff some wine at Waimea Estate’s cellar door at the start of Appleby Rd (Trev’s Red our favourite) ; this was chased up by stuffing in a few more bluffies (Bluff Oyster shooters a specialty at the Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery Hardy Street Nelson) before getting home to the children.
A very grown up three day retreat, declared an all around success! :)
Travelling from the Nelson region to Christchurch?
Try this as an alternate route - there is plenty to see and do...
Picton/Blenheim/Nelson | St Arnaud
From Picton and travel south on SH 1 to Blenheim, then take SH 63 which travels along the wonderful braided river, the Wairau, to the township of St Arnaud near the beautiful Lake Rotoiti.
St Arnaud is a small alpine village located on the northern edge of Lake Rotoiti, against a stunning backdrop of mountains. It's the perfect base for exploring the Nelson Lakes National Park, which has many magnificent hiking trails. Local adventure operators offer you a choice of kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking, horse trekking and 4WD motorbiking.
St Arnaud | Murchison | Hanmer Springs
From St Arnaud, you'll follow the Buller River west. Just after Murchison, where you can find out about the massive earthquake that shook the region in 1929, you'll turn onto State Highway 65.This beautiful section of road leads you through the enchanting Maruia Forest, which has New Zealand's largest natural population of Kakariki (a native parakeet). At Maruia Springs you can enjoy a hot soak before Lewis Pass takes you through red and silver beech forest to Hanmer Springs.
Nelson to St Arnaud 87.5km / 54.4mi (1 hour, 14 minutes)
Picton to St Arnaud 128.3km / 79.7mi (1 hour, 32 minutes)
Blenheim to St Arnaud 102.6km / 63.75mi (1 hour, 13 minutes)
St Arnaud to Hanmer Springs 235km / 146mi (2 hours, 42 minutes)
Hanmer Springs to Christchurch 133.5km / 82mi (1 hour, 53 minutes)