A Travellerspoint blog

January 2009

How can Pupu be so clean?


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After a leisurely wake-up and breakfast, we headed out west to Pupu springs ... reputedly to have the clearest water in the world! The clarity is explained by the filtration through layers of rock.

This was followed by some swimming at Kaiteriteri [Kaiteriteri-travel-guide-1310152] beach. Beautiful golden sands ... the water temperature and clarity was OK, but probably good by New Zealand standard.

There wasn't enough time for Abel Tasman National Park where we could have gone sea-kayaking in the turquoise water. Next summer maybe.

So we headed home through Mapua [Mapua-travel-guide-1139939], a small harbour village and stopped for a light dinner.

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The Sunshine Capital


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Nelson is the Sunshine capital of New Zealand, recording the highest sunshine hours per year ... well, that's arguable as nearby Blenheim hotly contest that title.

After lunch and a nap, Marie and I walked on the long and broad Tahunanui Beach near the airport. Gorgeous ... makes me want to move here. We collected Kim from the airport in the evening and I went downhill from there. Felt rather ill with a headache after dinner and went to bed while they walked to Concert in the Park near our motel.

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Come fly with me!


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Woke early as if it was a workday, to take the flight to Nelson [Nelson-travel-guide-1140107] to meet my friend and visitor, Marie. The scenery was gorgeous ... one forgets how pleasurable it is to do flights on a turboprop (in good weather).

I haven't flown domestically for a while ... Air New Zealand has a new simplifed process in place. Check-in desks are now gone ... kiosks have replaced the people as seen in other countries. But its not like anything I've seen before:

* you tag your own bag and drop it off yourself unsupervised.
* if you're travelling without bags you can go straight to gate with your e-ticket printout. You simply scan it at boarding ... so you check-in and board at the same time. No boarding pass required! But you can check-in if you wish and choose your seat ... not very necesary for short flights.

Well done, Air New Zealand!

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