Category Archives: Cool stuff

“Your luggage will be available shortly on Carousel 7”

Nelson Airport’s a bit different. Wayne appears from behind the Air New Zealand Cargo Department building (all of 20 square metres..) on his tug with a few wagons in tow, grinds to a gentle halt and then it’s like a … Continue reading

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2 degrees of separation

Sharon Maxwell and Fabian Prioux run Abbey Road Burgers, Bar and Cafe on the Appleby Highway on a site previously occupied by the Abbey Restaurant and before that a small church. They’re both new to the business, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Paying forward

The Java Hut on Aranui Road in Mapua and run by Paul and Manu is Old School Mapua. No tourists – it’s a tiny shackish hut on the side of the road before any shops, most of the seatings outside … Continue reading

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“Through the hole in the hedge…”

Sounds suspiciously like “Alice in Wonderland” and the rabbit hole business, but people have been known to reappear through it at Berrylands on the Appleby Highway. But the REAL reason to go there is for their real fruit ice-creams. The … Continue reading

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Not to mention a 4 star garden….

Our friends Cameron and Maria own and operate the exquisite Tasman Bay Cottage. In fact, that’s how we met them in 2006. Their cottage is as classy as, but their garden leaves you breathless. They’ve now been recognised by the … Continue reading

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Ashes to ashes….

…rust to rust. 6 years later, the Janie Seddon isn’t looking much better, poor old girl. The local Community Board wants her moved “because of safety and environmental concerns”. Would anyone in their right minds want to climb on her … Continue reading

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Awesommmmmmm….

The Riverside Community on the Moutere Highway  is one of the oldest Intentional Communities n New Zealand and has its beginnings in 1941 when a group of Christian Pacifists agreed to adopt a way of life based on co-operation. Starting … Continue reading

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