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In Nelson

3 days in a gorgeous house overlooking the sea

all seasons in one day 22 °C
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We finally arrived in Nelson at about 5:30pm after a very long and boring 7-hour drive from Franz Josef. There really is nowhere you'd want to stay on the whole route except perhaps Reefton. In 1888, it was the first town in New Zealand to be lit by electricity, generated by the Reefton Power Station. Reefton was a thriving gold mining town in the late 19th century, and gold mining lasted from the 1870s to the 1950s. Its economy is now based on tourism, forestry, coal mining and farming.

After unpacking, the sun came out and we took the 1-minute walk to the waterfront and then a much longer walk by the sea. We passed the Boathouse just a few minutes along, a place I had been taken to by my late friend Louise Charters in 2008. On coming back to the house, it was still sunny and very warm so we spent a very pleasant hour or so in deckchairs on the huge deck overlooking the sea

Later that evening,we ordered take-away Thai food from Nahm, just a 2-minute walk from our accommodation

Posted by kforge 04:19 Archived in New Zealand

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