Lastly, we took a short drive to explore the surrounds of Nelson. Just a short drive from the ‘burbs is Matai Valley, the weekend playground for Nelsonites.
Can you believe that all this is a mere 15 minute drive from the centre of Nelson?
Hubby wanted to visit here because of some obscure geological significance.
The peaks and distances freaked me out though, and we hardly made it out of the car park.
Instead, I contemplated the view of the dam.
We did a short walk near the dam, which warranted a nice meal back in town.
The centre of Nelson is based around the Cathedral with a war memorial alongside it. It’s a favourite for visitors.
There are also a few art galleries scattered about town, the Suter being one of the best ones.
There are vineyards up this way as well. We had lunch at Fossil Ridge Winery, which unfortunately now has closed down due to COVID-19.
Our next stop was Nelson. Nelson is a small city of 53,500 at the top of the South Island. It is said to be the sunniest city in all of NZ!
It wasn’t quite sunny when we arrived. It’s certainly a very green city with the bush right behind the suburban streets.
Since the city was established back in 1841, it has a mix of modern and historical buildings in the town centre.
I liked these old weatherboard houses, very typical of New Zealand because of the availability of good building timbers in the past. Reminds me of the old Queenslanders.