This week’s small pleasures #180 (or trip to Nelson part 2)

This week’s small pleasures post’s subtitle is ‘Nelson weekend part 2’, for while there were other small pleasures during the week (new napkins from Small Acorns, Pilates, sunshine), the weekend was really the focus of the vast majority. So here we go with this week’s small pleasures.

As I mentioned in the last post (Making the weekend shine…with a bit of rain…or a short trip to Nelson Part 1) Saturday was a lovely sunny day, and after lunch in Mapua, we drove up the coast, stopping first at Ruby Bay to admire the view and, of course, take photographs. I love the way the hills in the background are so blue.

From there we drove further up the coast to Kaiteriteri which is on the southern edge of Abel Tasman National Park. The beach of golden sand is stunning: it really is golden and sparkling. the pictures don’t quite catch just how stunning the colours are, it really is magical place. The featured image at the top of the post is another view.

Golden sands at Kaiteriteri

We drove back to Nelson, and then headed out for dinner before sitting on the balcony of the apartment and watched the sun set. The skies were stunning, as you can see below – a real small pleasure.

Sunday morning was an even sunnier day than Saturday, and unfortunately also the day we had to fly back to Wellington. The view from the apartment was absolutely stunning as you can see below, a wonderful start to the day.

Sunday morning – view from the apartment

We went for a walk around the city centre, climbing the steps to the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral. The foundation stone of the current building was laid in 1925, though the building was not dedicated until 1967.

We stopped for a morning coffee at Sweet As Cafe, enjoying sharing an almond cake filled with berries. Unfortunately we then had to head to the airport, and of course had to try out the beanbags at the entrance. No security guards here, just bean bags and sunshine.

Time for cake
Bean bags at the airport
Flying home

What were your small pleasures of the week past? Do tell me. Hope your week was filled with sunshine, good memories…and perhaps cake?

Thanks to Mani over at A New Life Wandering for the original idea.

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  1. Looks like you had better weather there than we did last time we were there, it rained non stop.


  2. We visited Nelson a few years ago (at the time of the last earthquake on the Kaikoura Coast) and thought it was a really charming city. I think it’s considered to be the sunniest town in NZ. Once, on a long trip back from Europe we met a British couple who had bought a house there, with the intention of spending 6 months in the UK and 6 months in NZ. They told us that they paid for the deposit on the house with their Barclay card! I don’t think it would be possible to do that now.
    The photo of the view from your apartment is stunning.

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    1. Yes it is a really lovely place and yes still considered to be the sunniest place in NZ.

      Gosh…no I don’t think it would be possible to pay for a deposit with a credit card now!


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