Unwind at Mapua Wharf Relax and rejuvenate with a day at Mapua. The wharf is the hub of a vibrant visitor experience. Once the wharf housed apple stores and pack houses is now a bustling destination to while away a summer’s day revelling in the arts and hospitality of the Wharf. The Waimea Estuary and Rabbit Island are picturesque backdrops to the cafes, restaurants, artisan shops and microbrewery. Hire a bike from a local to explore Rabbit Island via the Mapua Ferry. The list of things to do is extensive.
Motueka is a bustling regional centre for Nelson and a popular gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. A cafe culture, the holiday buzz and energy has developed into a comprehensive range of accommodation choices, boutique shops and an area showcasing artists and artisans. The town center is the home to the well known Motueka Sunday Market where pop up food stores, emerging creative talent have a vehicle to market their wares. From craft breweries in nearby Riwaka to a game of golf at Tasman Village golf course there is something for everyone.
A place that is quickly passed on the way to the glittering gold sands of Kaiteriteri beaches and beyond is a mistake. Ruby Bay Coast and the Tasman Bay Village is a gem worth a day or two taking the slow lane to explore the byways of art and food experiences against the backdrop of the Tasman ocean.
Romantic holidays are often promoted in glossy magazines and online as getaways to expensive luxury locations. The enticing scenes of tropical palms, drinks in hand and platters of nibbles at the elbow are an advertising staple. It costs money. Your holiday can be romantic, have romantic moments and here are ten tips to inspire you think beyond the budget planning of a luxury resort.
A heritage hotel has creaky floors, possibly, poor service, perhaps the plumbing is not great and it's shabby. These hotels did not make this list. The historic hotel must be comfortable and worth spending a night in. It’s your holiday accommodation after all. The sense of visitors past, the stories, the furniture and the slightly odd tilt to the floor create an atmospheric holiday experience. The room is a holiday in itself. The hotel becomes a destination which is savoured as you try bouncing on the bed and checking out the bathroom.
Wanaka and the majestic Southern Alps. Plenty of space for locals and you get taste of what overseas visitors flocked in their thousands to experience. And you soar above the landscapes with a bird’s eye view.