We had a very exciting weekend! We were invited to stay over at a very tiny place on the West Coast of the South Island called Nelson Creek. It is a beautiful place set in native bush and green farmland, with a beautiful tannin stained river meandering through, and evidence of long-abandoned mining activities everywhere.
Now saying that Nelson Creek is tiny does not mean the place we stayed was tiny. I won't show you a photo because it is a private residence, but, as the future permanent residence of a relative of our friends, it is luxuriously appointed, with gorgeous views. The property also features a barn, an original miner's cottage and a "cabin" (which is also very luxurious). Lots of family members can come to stay, which is a good thing because the extended family is very large.
The weather was extremely changeable, and we had heavy rain, hail, thunder, glorious sun, wind, warmth and a real chill over just one weekend. We wanted to have a look around the area and went to visit here:
Most South Islanders would be familiar with The Pancake Rocks, at Punakaiki. We were both young when we were went there last, and it was just as wonderful as we remembered. The only drawback was the freezing wind, hail and heavy rain. Lucky I got a new raincoat for the occasion. Johnny was well bundled up too.