Category Archives: Water

Western Entrance

Back in the day (1860-ish) when Mapua was called “Seaton Township”, the port area was known as the Western Entrance (to the Waimea Inlet). The Eastern Entrance (or Blund Channel) doesn’t lend itself to maritime navigability one bit – you … Continue reading

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Great Taste Trail

The Great Taste Trail is Nelson-Tasman’s contribution to Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. It starts at Nelson airport and runs mostly along he coast to Kaiteriteri and then runs through the Motueka valley and  over the Dovedale Saddle … Continue reading

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“The sea’s that way…..”

Last minute instructions to newbies at Marahau. They headed off quite nervously. Didn’t see them come back…..

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Poor old Janie…

“The derelict shoreline shipwreck  of the Janie Seddon, which many in Motueka call a community icon, has passed its use by date.” From the pen of the Nelson Mail back in 2017. Janie actually passed her “Best by” date back in 1955 … Continue reading

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Chug. Chug.

Here comes 94 year old bateau de pêche Lily, powering [sic] up the Waimea Inlet channel on a high-ish tide and into a wild sou-westerly with mon ami Patrice at the helm. I zipped down to Port Hoddy just in … Continue reading

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“The Riwaka channel…..

…is winding, narrow and mobile” So says the Tasman District Council notice at he marina. For once, they’re right…. There are also boats.

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Barack Obama…..

..would say privately that the first task of an American president in the post-Bush international arena was “Don’t do stupid shit.” The Waimea Inlet is the largest enclosed estuary on the South Island. It’s home to 50 species of water … Continue reading

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