Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough & Canterbury

Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds are favourite destination of ours and are often warm, sunny and very family friendly. Beaches, mountains, forests and lakes are bountiful. A true outdoor adventure playground. The work of the Department of Conservation is extensive in this area, with off-shore islands providing predator proof zones for New Zealand’s native wildlife. The coastline of Nelson and Marlborough is home to dolphins, whales and fur seals. The air breaths a sigh of pure escapism and relaxation.


In our pre-parent days we visited the vineyards and had a memorable time at the famous Marlborough Food & Wine Festival in 1998, when Dan got down on one knee and proposed (must have been all the champagne!).

We have walked the Queen Charlotte Walkway a few times and have enjoyed some stunning walks in Nelson Lakes National Park and kayaking the Abel Tasman.

Alice looking at the Queen Charlotte Sound from the Interislander ferry, 2013

More recent visits have focused on family friendly activities, of which there are plenty.

Alice on Kaiteriteri beach 2013

January 2018

Picton to Kaikoura and onto Hanmer Springs and Lake Tekapo

February 2017

Revisiting the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival (nineteen years on from when we’d first visited!)

May 2016

My seventh half marathon, running in vineyard heaven – Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon

November 2015

Lochmara 1/2 Marathon in Queen Charlotte Sounds, Marlborough

January 2013

ADVENTURE for ‘The Gallery’ – a photographic journey of our Nelson Holiday with Grandma & Granddad

Holiday loves from Nelson

January 2011

Nature at its best in the Marlborough Sounds

Mother Nature gives us a sand whipping in the Abel Tasman

October 2009

A Spring week of beaches, mazes, pony rides, swimming, a zoo visit, cafes and aquarium visits in Nelson and Picton.

April 2009

Eight nights of Southern Hospitality

We escaped to the South Island for some Autumnal fun in Picton and Nelson. Caves, quad biking adventures, cafes galore, Abel Tasman boat trip and sampling the local produce of Nelson at the Friday Farmer’s Market at Founders Heritage Park.

Ahoy There South Island!

December 2008

A stunning weekend walking in the Marlborough Sounds with a friend.

April 2008

A beautiful weekend in Nelson

Sunset in Nelson

November 2007

A reflective post on our memories of kayaking the Abel Tasman in the mid-1990s.

Kayaking in Kaiteriteri

August 2003

Charlotte’s first holiday – at six week’s old and a natural traveller.