Tom and I have just returned from a long weekend to Tasman/Nelson. The travel was for my cousin Katherine’s wedding but worked out perfectly as a way for Tom to recover from his time in Korea too.
It was also a nice little mini-break before we returned for the hurly-burly leading up to Christmas.
We stayed at Harry Place on Kina Peninsula – a remote beach destination that’s about 20 minutes drive from Richmond. The photo above was taken on a morning walk around the Peninsula when the tide was out.
The cottage we stayed in was like being at Grandma’s house – basic, mis-matched furniture, piles of old blankets and a wooden table and chairs in the kitchen. We’d highly recommend it – it was well equipped, far away from other people (but not so far you couldn’t easily walk or drive to find them), has a private beach and plenty of room for reading and napping.
It was also well-priced and with room for lots of family/friends would become super cheap if you travelled with a group.
Highlights of the trip included rowing around in a dinghy – although the tide is out in the photo above, once it returned we rowed around that area. With our powers combined we even rowed in straight lines – not just circles.
Coffee and reading were key holiday themes. I read The Night Book by Charlotte Grimshaw, which was pretty unremarkable. I really was just reading to finish by the end of it. Now I’ve started All I Ever Wanted by Vicky Marshall, which is much more enjoyable.