I’m eternally grateful that New Zealand has such a great domestic airline service. Our overseas visitors should make use of it – saves heaps of driving time. Have just arrived back from a 2-day break in Nelson. The flight up was bumpy and the animated conversation behind me soon faltered. There was a funny wee moment when the lone cabin stewardess (it was a small plane, ok) was ordered to ‘belt-up’ like everyone else. All eyes were on that poor woman as we scanned her face for hints of concern. Nope, she didn’t let us down, but smiled benignly til touchdown. The flight was punctuated by stunning views of the Alps. Hope ya like this shot taken from seat 6D.

As it was getting dark, we made our way directly to Shelbourne House Villa, the only Qualmark 5-star property inner-Nelson. Hosts and owners, Wayne and Val have been in the business for years and we love em! Staying in a boutique accommodation like this, you get the special little touches like ornaments collected from travels around the world, original New Zealand artwork and interesting books lovingly preserved. Our room had been warmed and lamps switched on. My eyes were drawn to the two highback leather armchairs in one corner – great place to read or have a wine or three. Not a speck of dust to be seen – the large ensuite positively gleamed. Thankfully, the television had NOT been made the focal point of the room – don’t know why properties continually do this. Wayne & Val totally engaged with us. (Did I mention the beautiful Rimu floors?)

Time for something contentious! I’m sick of being disappointed with ‘Cuisine winning Restaurants’ and after experiencing a letdown recently, I wasn’t that keen on giving another ‘Cuisine’ finalist the benefit of the doubt. But I have to say dining at Hopgood’s in Trafalgar Street last night, was an absolute highlight. We peered through the windows like two happy tramps at a gorgeous interior benighted by dimmer lights and candles. Had a bit of wrestle with the door (always ready for a grand entrance). Great welcome by the Maitre’d. How thoughtful to have their winelist colour-coded so you know whether the wine is dry, offdry, medium or sweet. The food was sensational. My panfried Hapuku had been infused with some delicious flavours and I shamelessly scoffed it down. We rolled ourselves back to the Villa and sent up a silent prayer of thanks that our lovely suite had been heated up for us and the lamps lit. Very enjoyable flight back to Christchurch, but we’re here for a short time only. We’re moving house…

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One response to “Nelson City anytime of the year”

  1. Tongariro Crossing (Neuseeland, Nordinsel)…

    Mit einer Streckenlänge von 19,4 km wird das Tongariro Crossing gerne als schönste Tageswanderung Neuseelands……

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