Well, here’s another reason to spend some time here.
Nelson is home to so many great wineries that you could visit a different one every day for three weeks and still not hit them all.
We paid a visit to Neudorf Vineyards on a sunny warm Wednesday afternoon and had the place to ourselves. I loved the comfortable ambiance of the winery, and my glass of the Moutere Chardonnay was so delicious. They even ship their wines worldwide.
After a few hours here, we were hungry and headed to the Grape Escape on the way back to our AirBnB in Nelson.
We just made it before closing in late afternoon, and while they weren’t serving lunch anymore, we did snag a delicious piece of hazelnut and kahlua merengue cake.
This cottage cafe was so charming. I’m always taken in when greeted by a lazy cat sunning itself on the front steps!
When planning my trip to New Zealand, Abel Tasman National Park immediately caught my attention. Pictures of this coastal nature reserve showed hiking trails over the ocean, dense forests, and that crystal blue water!
(*Heads up: the photos below have NOT been edited. The water really does look like this!)
There are several ways to access the reserve, but the easiest for us was booking a “self-guided” tour through Wilson’s Abel Tasman. We chose option 6, which lasts about 6 hours. It included a boat ride to an isolated drop off point and a boat pick up from another point hours later.
If the temperature had been warmer, we would have loved to do one of the kayaking or beach options, but given the season, this worked out great.
This tour let us walk along the track at our own pace. Believe me, you will want to stop and take so many pictures along the way. I should warn you though, there are only basic facilities in the way of water and restrooms, and you’ll need to bring in your own lunch.
We spent the day leisurely stopping at the many lookouts and even getting up close to the water. Can you believe how clear that water is?
Every once in a while, the trail veers into the vegetation and you can walk along giant fern trees and babbling streams.
There was a forest suspension bridge to walk across.
After several hours, the end of our track led us to this beautiful beach, where we happily sat and waited for our boat pick up.
It seemed when researching this trip ahead of time that Nelson, where Abel Tasman is located near, is not as popular as other New Zealand cities like Queenstown or Christchurch.
However, this day during our trip was really a highlight for us, so I encourage you not to miss it if you make to New Zealand!
Charleston, SC was the spot where we bid farewell to 2016 and rang in the New Year 2017. Relatives live there, so at least once a year we are lucky to visit and discover some new places. This trip full of new experiences and lots of good food, of course. Here are some highlights:
Mountain mornings are the best, aren’t they? Fresh cool air. Bright blue sky. This unbelievable view. And a whole day of hiking and waterfalls before of us. It was a cool morning, but sunny enough that I didn’t need that many layers as we prepared hot coffee and breakfast over the open fire and then went for our hike.
We hiked along a trail that followed a stream and led us by some beautiful waterfalls. I wasn’t expecting there to be much run off given the time of year, but there was enough for these spots to be really pretty.
Of course, our dog Quinn completely love the rocks and splashing water. It was way too cold to go for a dip in any of the waterfall pools, but we’re already planning to do this hike again during the summer and bring swimsuits along.
Outfit details: Sweater: Ann Taylor, Vest: Calvin Klein, Jeans: Express, Boots: Vasque, Hat: Unknown (vendor in the mall), Scarf: Amazon
I love sharing my experiences here on the blog, but I’m curious about you. Do you enjoy hiking in the mountains? What would be your outfit of choice during the fall for comfort and style?
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