Monday, 27 August 2012

Back to Nelson Again

Nothing special, we worked in vineyard again in Blenheim. It's actually few days only. Before I had a chance to explore around, we were asked and given the choice to return to Nelson for working in an apple pack house. Of course, we opted for Nelson. Without thinking much, we repacked our luggages and followed a Korean contractor back to Nelson. In fact, he arranged the work and accomodation for us. Well, of course it's nice to stay in a private room with May, but we could hardly pay for the rent with our wages from the work he provided. We merely worked 2 or 3 days in a week and less than 5 hours per working day. We earned less than the accomodation rent, means our expenses > wage.
Recalled a contact number provided by a Taiwanese coworker who met in Hastings, May called up the number and talked to another contractor. The Malaysian contractor then became the person in charge of our new accomodation and job. As she promised, we worked in another fruit pack shed for steadier working hours and she arranged us to stay in a holiday park near the Tahunanui beach, Tahuna Beach Holiday Park. We're settled.

Part of the accomodations in the holiday park & I had ever stayed in one of the units.

It's a pretty good choice of accomodation even if you are not intend to stay for work but just for a holiday. It's really nice to stay near the beach.
These were some of the travellers accomodation at the camp site.

If I didn't come back to Nelson again, surely I won't be able to explore more. I guess Nelson=Beach, I couldn't afford to miss...

Monday, 20 August 2012

Goodbye Nelson

The bus reached on time. May and I boarded the bus together. We actually weren't sure how long we were gonna stay in Blenheim, but we still hoped that we could be in Nelson for longer. Along the way leaving Nelson to Blenheim, there were picturesque scenes showing some of the gorgeous mountains in South Island.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

First Visit to Nelson

Situated in the North West, Nelson is definitely one of the many beautiful towns in South Island.
City centre
Shops along the street
Cafe Affair of Nelson
Christ Church Cathedral on Church Hill

Maitai River

There are actually many great events and activities held in Nelson annually that worth your visit with or without paying. Nelson Trolley Derby was one of the events I saw during summer, by chance...very creative outcomes created by the enthusiastic racers.

It was a very sunny day, adults and children took part in the race. All the racers as well as the passengers seemed having a great moment.

May and I tried to find a job here so that we could stay longer in this beautiful town. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like a hope for us to work and stay here or perhaps we gave up too early. We spent a week  in Nelson only and we were downhearted as we hated to leave. However, I contacted my Brazilian friend and we decided to meet him in Blenheim and work with him.

While waiting for the nakedbus to arrive, we sit in front of the riverside and watching these adorable creatures, sad to say goodbye to them. :(

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Picton, Where The Journey in South Island Began

Picton is a small port where calm and peace could be easily felt upon arrival.

This place seems nice to do nothing but just relax as it's not much could do. My friend and I enjoyed the walk around Picton on the day of arrival.

We had no idea what to eat for our lunch, so we just picked one from the recommendations on Lonely Planet and it's 'Kentucky Eataway'. It tasted so good. In my country, i used to be provided with plenty of free sauces whenever I buy fast food. However, it's common in NZ that you have to pay extra few cents for every sachet of sauce if you want any. Frankly, that day I saw one guy went to the opposite supermarket to buy a bottle of tomato sauce and brought it back to the shop to complete his meal with his family. It seemed better value huh! :D


Kentucky Eataway (Takeaway/Fast food)

Address: 52 High St, Picton
Phone: 03-5736818
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm daily

We only stayed for a night and we were on the bus again to Nelson the next day.