Top of South: Nelson LOCKDOWN

A Headline One Year Later

The assumptive thought was “how long can this last?” It culminated in a 14 month odyssey across New Zealand – staying in 57 different places, hiking/walking 1,469.58 miles.

Sudden Stop in Nelson For 6 Weeks of Lockdown

On March 23 the government gave 48 hours notice before a mandated COVID lockdown period commenced. “Where you are in 48 hours is where you stay for at least 4 weeks.” We scrambled and found an AirBnB cottage in Nelson on the Monaco Peninsula for the duration. Our friends, Carol and Bill, with whom we had spent the past 7 weeks, worked to secure flights back to Colorado. We said goodbye…no hugs allowed.

Uncertainty aside, Nelson was a great place to comply with COVID Alert Level 4. Short walks to essential services (groceries, pharmacy), reading and watching 18 hours of The Hobbit and LOTR.

Across the street, Tasman Bay – tide in and out. Walking for exercise around the bay and neighborhood.

Sunsets on the Mudflats of Tasman Bay

Wandering Nelson After Lockdown

After 7 weeks Level 4 Lockdown eased on May 14th, NZ settled at a cautious Level 2, and we wandered around Nelson to see what had been in our backyard all along.

Hiking above Nelson to the Geographical Centre of NZ

Free to See Tasman

May 18 (autumn) we moved north near Abel Tasman Park/Split Apple Rock for a 10 day stay in Kaiteriteri. If you have limited travel time, Tasman is the perfect place. We returned in spring for another go.

Day Trips and Hikes – Every Turn a Surprise

Maybe it was the joy of seeing new things after lockdown and/or the luxury of additional time. The experience was perfection.

Things to do in Nelson and Tasman

  • Walks/Trails/Botanical Gardens around Nelson
  • Tour Pics Peanut Butter World
  • WOW – World of Wearable Art Museum
  • Tahunanui (city beach)
  • Rent a bike – ride the Great Taste Trail
  • Moutere Vineyards/Cellar Doors
  • Mapua Wharf
  • Ruby Bay
  • Split Apple Rock (walks)¹
  • Day Trip to Wharariki Beach² (Photo below)
  • Day Trip to Farewell Spit²
  • Day Trip to Golden Bay – Pohara and Takaka³
  • Visit Abel Tasman Park⁴
  • Motueka – Gateway to Abel Tasman Park

The top of South Island is a motherlode of diversity. See following Tasman links for things we did:

  1. Kaiteriteri, Split Apple Rock and Harwoods Hole¹
  2. Cape Farewell – Wharariki Beach² (Wharariki Beach – used as MS Windows 10 Image)
  3. Pohara and Golden Bay³
  4. Abel Tasman and The Great Walk

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5 thoughts on “Top of South: Nelson LOCKDOWN

  1. Oh to be locked down in NZ – a once in a lifetime chance. I love seeing this now that we have some perspective on where we were then. Your posts are a gift for the soul.

  2. A once in a lifetime door opened for you guys during Covid to stay in NZ for such a long time! Everyday a new adventure full of novelty and excitement! So lucky! As we say, if you want to make God laugh make a plan! How lucky to have been to be protected in such beauty!

  3. A lucky break for you to be in such gorgeous country for so long. As usual, great pics!

  4. Dennis & Sharon Marks October 11, 2021 — 5:35 pm

    It seems you both really lucked out with Covid lockdown. Without it, you probably would never been allowed to stay that long in NZ. What wonderful memories. Denny & Sharon

    1. True. Traversing that country would not have been possible…and believe me when I say that staying at 57 different places was a bit too much for Steve!

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