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Kina Beach, Tasman, Nelson

Maddie's first adventure in Jabula

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I needed to attend an appointment in Nelson Friday lunchtime. We decided on impulse to take the opportunity for a night's break in the van before Sal does another night shift stint. And we decided on impulse that we would see how it eventuated if we took Maddie along as well. We have been reluctant so far as most camps do not allow dogs and therefore finding a place to stay has been a hindrance. Consulting the NZMCA app we decided on Kina Beach Campsite just a few km from Mapua, an area in which we have spent many happy times.
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It did not start well as Maddie was so anxious and panting and making the trip stressful. Stopped at Pelorus for a break, which is idyllic. Wandered the shops of Nelson with Maddie on a lead, all first time experiences for her. Waiting outside while I was at my appointment she managed to whinge and cry and create a fuss unfortunately despite people trying to pacify her. Back on the road and made a stop at Mapua, one of our favourite places. Enjoyed a berry fruit ice cream and then off towards Kina Beach just up the road.
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This is a Tasman Council owned campsite, for $5/night we got a spot just on the stoney beach. There is a woman onsite in a bus who is the caretaker, toilets and plenty of small artwork hanging in the trees and around the camp. The caretaker collects the fee from you in the evening. Feels so quintessential "Nelson'. Not many campers when we arrived, however as the night went on it got really full. Had vehicles either side of us in very close proximity. The majority using this site were young travellers in converted vans, lovely young friendly people. One man, who is a regular, lit a brazier on the beach which he fuelled with driftwood.
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The weather was average, cloudy with some showers of rain. The colours over the water were dramatic, black skies and pale blue water, great for photography. We had an early morning walk along the beach and then took off towards Motueka. We thought we'd take a different route home and go via upper Moutere. Well as we relied on intuition we actually ended up going via the Motueka Valley road that leads to Tapawera. But we saw country that neither of us have ever seen before. Resorted to the sat nav and made our way back to Nelson for a drive through very foggy Whangamoas. Maddie had discovered that sleeping in her bed was preferable to panting on my lap which made it more pleasant for us all. Hopefully she will now be able to come with us in a less stressful way.
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Back in Blenheim again to strong nor'westers, and the loom of night shift for Sal.

Posted by Sallyj66 20:42 Archived in New Zealand

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