We got back late last night from Nelson. Here are some of the highlights:
Best beaches: Kaiteriteri and Rabbit Island (can't believe I'd never had never been to either, despite years of visiting Nelson)
Best mosquitoes: Murchison
Best fishing: Mapua Wharf
Best exercise: Walking up the hill to the Centre of New Zealand (in Nelson)
Worst experience: Elliot falling off the wharf at Mapua (into water over his head, hmmm)
Best playground: The waterfront, Picton (and the tractor at Grape Escape, Nelson)
Best shop: The Bead Gallery, Richmond Mall (they also have a branch in Nelson). Wonderful staff showed me how to knot Stretch Magic properly. Now I know.
Best educational experience: Elliot finally learning where milk comes from (at his cousin's dairy farm in Murchison)
Best music: Anything that isn't 'My Chemical Romanc'e which was played by the kids goodness knows how many times on the car stereo.
Best overall: Family time. Priceless.