The SpaceOur water is Dynamically Enhanced Structured, for great drinking & baths.
PLAY, or just RELAX in the adirondack chair in the sun next to the Minty, or under the giant oak tree (that beckons big kids to climb) in the private shady glade at the front of the house. Listen to the New Zealand birdsong & watch the sunset behind the ranges.
Foodies: byo. BBQ or use the caravan stove-top. There is pots & pans, & retro picnic wear, olive oil, Marlborough sea salt, kiwi tomato sauce (ketchup), etc. Put a vintage table cloth outside, lite a candle & gaze at the billions of stars. Guest AccessThe Minty caravan sits amongst fruit trees in a private area of our backyard which is surrounded by New Zealand apple trees (Please note, we are surrounded by a working orchard & there could be random noise during work hours, evenings are generally very quiet). Take a walk & enjoy the views of the mountains from the orchard pond, if you're keen. Watch the sunset behind the ranges under the giant oak tree in the private glade at the front of the house, spot New Zealand birds (go to the mint green post & hike-in ).
The tidy tangerine bathroom & toilet at the back porch of the main house (shared with the household), has a shower with a separate bathtub. Towels, New Zealand natural shampoo, bath wash, bubble bath, etc. are all available.
The best bit is, our property has a Structured Water Unit at the pump. See what this is about on our (TradeMe) posting. Interaction with GuestsBreakfast is:
Fresh roasted coffee, or loose~leaf tea, farm~fresh milk, free~range eggs, local preserves & honey, New Zealand butter, bread & cheese ~ YOU be the caravan cook, WE WASH THE DISHES ! The NeighborhoodSee an extensive list of truly spectacular things to do in our area in
"Other things to Note"
Besides apple, pear & kiwi-fruit orchards, there are paddocks with sheep, horses & miniature horses, pigs, goats & alpaca. Then there's the occasional hedge-hog, rabbit, pukekos & ducks out on the pond, plenty of birds singing & a "highlights of the Tasman area" mini golf course nearby!
We are a 5 minute BIKE ride to the "Great Taste Bike Trail" this is one of New Zealand's Great Rides.
A 10 minute drive to T.O.A.D. Hall is where you'll find local produce, preserves, breads, fruit & vegetables. Enjoy delicious home-made pies, salads, cakes & coffee or order from their yummy cafe menu.
Riverside cafe, another great place to enjoy a meal, is a 15 minute WALK from the Minty. Situated in a charming 150 year old homestead, they serve delicious food.
~read more about our favourite places to eat in "Other things to Note" Getting AroundTurn in at the Mint GREEN POST, parking is next to the caravan with a separate drive from the main house.
If you need transport at any time during your stay, including pick-up from Nelson Airport ($50.), please feel free to ask. Other Things to NoteOur LOCAL FUN List:
Our favourite PICNIC spots & WALKS are also noted on the iSite map booklets inside the MintyCaravan.
We highly recommend to use the Motueka iSite to book any adventures in NZ, they know it all & it's free.
* picnic ideas
*Kina Beach Reserve, a pebble beach at a small campground. There’s a bathtub on the beach, you can light a fire underneath & imagine how nice that is. Have a picnic. You can take our little atomic BBQ kettle, wood, make a fire & or a BBQ. A great place to fossick on the beach, with super low tides & stunning views. This is our favourite holiday destination & it’s only 15 minutes away! (more about Kina below, in "Drives")
In our town of
Motueka or just Mot as the locals say, visit
HOON Gallery on High St. (next to LiquorLand) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) txt to be sure it is open for you,
& see our daughter's mural addition to Motueka High School on Grey St.
Motueka's Sunday Market 8am - 1pm near the iSite, has a bit of everything.
Also in Mot, there are 2 supermarkets, a few cafes & yummy bakeries, & several florists & gift-shoppes, as well as the usual banks & pharmacies. Whitwells has a great selection of men’s & women’s shoes. The Warehouse has it all.
We luv our 4 OpShops (Sallies, Hospice, SPCA & Red Cross) + Mariri Mall (the recycle centre) is nearby.
Another fun artist in Mot, is the “mice lady” Pottery, she's at 165 Thorpe St. (runs parallel to High St. towards the coast). The ROCKFELLA at the Clock Tower corner; David, is really passionate about the hard stuff in the world, he will help you create your own bit to wear, or just have a look at what he’s done.
The Mot museum proudly made the “Lonely Planet” 2017 with: “An interesting series of artefacts housed in a dear old school building”.
Skydive, or choose another way to get high at the Motueka AIRPORT (hang-glide, micro-lite, helicopter…), or just watch the parachutes float down & the look on the faces of the recently descended.
* Go fishing off the wharf at Talley’s (or buy it fresh from the fishery shop by the marina).
Golf at Motueka’s beautiful links or, Tasman Golf course, a tricky little 9 hole with fabulous views of the bay and beyond, near Kina Beach Reserve, $20. green fee. Drive up just for the view from the carpark! (Directions to Tasman/Kina below).
In the evening, go to Mot: to see an eclectic movie at the Gecko, or the State Cinema.
at home in the Minty...
make a campfire in the little atomic BBQ kettle, sip hot chocolate or open that special bottle of wine & look up & be amazed by the billions of stars!
The MintyCaravan has games & puzzles, sunshine & a hammock
(badMINTon, petanque, old-school croquet balls & mallets, & a bow & arrow are around here somewhere).
Shoppe ~ Once upon a time we had a little Retro collectibles shop… some of which is in the closet. Now we call it “Retro-Rescue”. Have a browse if you like, get a Minty souvenir (leave $ in the yellow envelope), please keep it tidy. Put the basket on the freezer in the laundry if you need the space.
Take a walk in the orchard if you're keen. The “pond” out back is just an orchard dam, but there is usually water-lilies, bird-life, & the view is beautiful with snow-capped Mt. Arthur (which can be a day trip “tramp”).
Relax on the Adirondack chair in the sun next to the Minty. Or under the giant oak tree in the private shady glade at the front of the house, listen to the New Zealand birdsong & watch the sunset behind the ranges (go to the mint green post & hike-in).
You might let your inner artist come out of the closet (art supplies are in the closet). Or learn to play the ukulele under the bed, there's a book & you'll be strumming in no-time!
BBQ the fish you caught, score some NZ lamb, or pick-up locally made sausages & steaks from, of all places, the petrol station nearby. Right on Central, then left.
A well supplied fruit & veggie stall is a bit further along towards Mot.
Treat yourself to a Spa: Take a tub bath, we will supply; candles, salts, bubble bath, or baking soda (our favourite) and a clay masque.
Ann's foot & hand massage
make your tootsies super happy for $50. 1/2 hour
***** recommended by Geoff
Fiona, who is nearby, does fabulous massages, if you want to go deeper...
FOOD & DRINK
A 10 minute drive to T.O.A.D. Hall is where you'll find local produce, preserves, breads, real-fruit ice-cream & smoothies. Enjoy delicious home-made pies, salads, cakes & coffee or order from their yummy cafe menu & relax either in the enclosed (heated) cafe area or enjoy the sun in their expansive outdoor area, complete with children’s playground & tree-house!
Riverside our nearest cafe is another great place to enjoy a meal. A 15 minute WALK from the Minty. Situated in a charming 150 year old homestead, they serve delicious food, wonderful coffee, & a tempting selection of cakes & brioche baked daily. In winter, relax inside by the log fire under the unique copper & crystal chandelier. In summer, enjoy the wonderful views of the Richmond ranges from their artfully landscaped garden & chill out year round on the large sheltered deck. Their seasonal menu includes Tasman specialties, wild meats, yummy vegetarian options & produce from their gardens. They have a carefully crafted wine list from the renown vineyards in the Moutere area. There’s a great kids area, a cactus garden, and Che Vincent’s gallery is well worth seeing (follow the path from the side gate).
If you’re not keen to walk the whole way, but up for a wee adventure, drive to the end of Ching Rd. & park, ignore the barking dogs (they’re all good), & cross the stream on the foot bridge, carefully cross the 2 lane Moutere Highway & you will be at Riverside Community, easy to spot the cafe. Left on Central Rd, left on Ching Rd.
In Tasman, (see above) pass the shop, you will see the Jester House, this is a fun child & Art friendly cafe, they have tame eels, a giant chess board, & other oddities. Good food too !
Stay on this road for a great view of Nelson, Ruby Bay & Rabbit Island, you will pass the turn-off to Mapua (see "Drives" above) before joining back up with the Coastal Highway that leads to Nelson, Blenheim (Picton ferry), then, Kaikoura on the east coast.
Our favourite local WINERIES: Glovers (French style wine, Have a glass of wine with Dave, an eclectic wine maker). Himmesfield, Both on Gardner Valley Road. Sunset Valley is biodynamic, next to the Moutere Hills Vineyard & Cafe.
Mahana Kitchen, organic Vineyard & Winery, (“around the corner” from Glover’s) has a tasting room, art gallery, lawn and courtyard. It is the perfect place to spend an hour or two lingering in the sunshine with a glass of wine and skillfully prepared cuisine created to complement the wines. They source local ingredients & where possible use vegetables & herbs out of their own garden to create fresh, seasonal cuisine.
With rotating weekday specials & a seasonally changing menu, go for lunch or a late afternoon indulgence. There’s something for everyone, even a kid size platter.
It's in the heart of the vineyard surrounded by famous views. In warmer weather, a courtyard table on the patio looks out across the vineyard to Tasman Bay & the Southern Alps. In cooler weather, the inviting fireplaces, are a great place to enjoy lunch and a glass of wine. Visit the Tasting Room to try wines beforehand & to purchase wine to take with you. Michael Glover (Dave’s son), winemaker.
In MOTUEKA… there is: The Smoking Barrel & Precinct Cafe, both have nice food. WAKA, where you can see Geoff’s Art-from Hoon Gallery. Antonius or the Patisserie Bakeries are recommended as well as Simply Indian, ChockDee our Thai Restaurant, 2 Chinese takeaways, The Wheelhouse is an Asian mini-market, & has FiSH & CHIPS, so does the Happy Chippie, KT’s (a left at the airport, before the clock tower on right).
We like the Moutere Inn, on the Moutere Highway going toward Nelson, costs more, but we can have a beer & play pool.
The old Motueka Hotel is worth a snoop into history. Pub & dining. Anyone can go to the R.S.A. now-a-days (the Royal N. Z. Returned Services Association) for good grub & cheaper drinks, past the Hotel, at the top of town.
By HOON, is Flaming Kitchen for great take-aways.
Of course there’s a few bars/pubs: Sprig & Fern, Armadillos, T.A.B.
Get a Turkish Kebab take-away, the Krishna’s (next to New World) have $5. lunches. KFC & Maccas do exist.
FANCY PANTSY brunch/high tea: next to ELEVATION, is Church Lane behind an old church. Casual really, but no strollers.
BEST COFFEE? Geoff roasts our own, so it’s always fresh. There’s a coffee cart at the marina that would get the “best location” award. Celcius, is where we would go for a fresh-roasted cuppa (Madonna did) turn right at the airport, cross High St. on the left.
Between MOTUEKA & NELSON: @ MAPUA is the Boat Shed find it & enjoy the place we spent our wedding nite & had brunch.
In Nelson, we like DeVille for lunch, Urban (or any of the restaurants in that block) for dinner, on Collingwood & Hardy St. Try the brand-new “KITCHEN” on Bridge St. for paleo lunch options.
Do visit W.O.W. Wearable Art museum & Vintage Cars, even if you don’t pay the entry fee, the gallery & gift shop are worth a stop. They have a cafe as well.
In Blenheim, we now eat & drink at the bio-dynamic winery Rock Ferry. No. l Family Bubbly to taste & taste/eat at Alan Scott, across from Moa for beer tasting.
Local Drives (or bike)
* Our region is full of art & vineyards., spend the day seeing art & wine tasting.
A 5 minute BIKE ride to the "Great Taste Bike Trail." This easy cycling trail takes a leisurely tour of Tasman's beautiful coastal & inland areas. Pass vineyards, breweries, orchards & places to stop & enjoy quality cuisine. The trail loop is 174 km long, but can easily be broken up into bite-sized portions just right for a short morning ride or an afternoon cruise. Tasman's Great Taste Trail is one of New Zealand's Great Rides.
Bike rentals in Motueka: Coppins Outdoors & the Bike Shed.
* Rent a scooter, bike or drive into the Motueka Valley up one side of the river (world famous trout fishing) cross at the Baton Bridge, & back on the other (starts here at the airport & ends in Riwaka).
A day drive to Takaka, our more funky neighbour is a nice place for lunch & shops. This involves driving over a high hill, with amazing views. Visit 705 Able Tasman Drive Sculpture garden, & Labyrinth rocks (just out of town, turn right at the petrol station). Go straight towards Collingwood to see “Pupu Springs” the clearest water in the world.
* Drive on for more of Golden Bay’s treasures.
At the top of the Takaka Hill is Ngarua Caves, do stop there to see the *view.
On our side of the hill, the *Riwaka Resurgence River flows from under the Takaka Hill, with a world class easy bush walk along pools of freezing cold water & native life. Turn left onto the road just as you start to go up the Takaka Hill.
In the village of Riwaka, have dynamite coffee & a dynamite pie at Ginger Dynamite, across from the Hop Federation Brewery where you can taste local craft beer.
Kaiteriteri Beach is where you can get info & catch your boat into the Abel Tasman National Park, or turn right before you get there & go to
* “Little Kaiteriteri” of the world's prettiest beaches, for a swim & a picnic of course!
* Marahau is the beginning of the Abel Tasman National Park trail; absolutely spectacular walking, or catch a water taxi to take you in/out. A boat ride & a walk with a picnic would be a delightful day (the prices & crowds are lower off season).
Kayak rentals are at Kaiteriteri or Marahau which has horseback riding on the beach.
Mapua, between us & Nelson, has some cool shops & restaurants, as well as a ferry to
* Rabbit Island for a walk & relax on the beach (warmer water & waves!).
* If you snow ski, there are slopes less than 2 hours away at Rainbow ski-fields.
Nelson Lakes National Park with it’s spectacular alpine scenery is in the same vicinity.
Off to the one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? ~ "Little Kaiteriteri”. Or up the Motueka Valley for the world-renown Trout fishing?
D.I.Y. Picnic, do it yourself, borrow a basket, a chilly-bin & a hat on the back porch & off you go !
We offer a gourmet PICNIC for 2, with local wine or other drink options, & platters of local/organic/fair trade yummies. A retro rug to layout, all packed in a picnic basket.
Picnic Menu (sample)
Wine, we suggest a local Sauvignon Blanc
or a locally brewed beer, we can discuss options
Sparkling NZ spring water
NZ cheese platter with local Salami, Chutney, Olives,
Nuts & Rice Crackers
Cold-smoked NZ Salmon & Capers
Hummus dip, Cucumbers, Carrots, Capsicum
Proper Crisps; (locally made chippies) choose from: Kumera chips (sweet potato), Parsnip chips or Potato chips, with … Marlboro sea salt or cider vinegar or rosemary/thyme or smoked paprika
Pavlova: an iconic Kiwi sweet made with Meringue, Fruit & Cream
Please order a day in advance, two persons. $120.
WALKS, Run or Tramp (hike)
on the flat or up big or little mountains with fantastic views
The most beautiful short walk has to be the mouth of the Resurgence River (see Riwaka, above).
Here in Motueka is a loop around the estuary inlet, that is also bike friendly. Enjoy the views of the Ranges, Bird life, & homes that share the the tidal flux. Go straight thru the roundabout, toward the marina, on your left, just past the packing shed, is inlet parking.
If you continue straight, past the marina, you will end up at the Salt Water Baths/pools. Park there and walk to your left along the Tasman Sea. You will see some of the funky homes that used to be cheap! This area has very low tides, but when the tide is in, it’s a nice safe place to swim. This can be a very long walk (or run) if you continue on…
(or you can drive down Trewavas Street, a left just past the marina, instead of walking this portion, to the end. This is the same road the airport is on. Go right.) There is more of the same path (that is vehicle accessible) to see our “shipwreck”. At the end of the road is the Motueka Golf Links.
From there the walk goes on... To the Kumaras. Again, you can drive to the far end of town on Thorpe Street (or go back to the airport road, right & right again to visit the “Mice lady” sign posted “POTTERY” on your right), At the end & turn right, take Staples Street to the carpark where the trail ends and the sand-bar begins. This is a magical little spot to play in the sand. The native life is sign-posted, & you can walk as far as you like out onto the sandbar.
Between Kaiteriteri Beach & Little Kaiteriteri, is a short but steep trail that takes you thru a bit of native bush to a lookout over the gorgeous bay. Drive (or walk) to the far end of the bay and make a sharp right turn before the road goes left, up to a reserve. At the far end of the carpark is easy access to another beautiful look-out from the other side of the Bay.
* Drive from Kaiteriteri to Marahau along the coast, follow the sign to Split Apple Rock and take a beautiful bush walk down lots of steps to the stunning little beach.
White Rock is a 45 min. steep walk up to a giant quartz bolder with a view over the Motueka Valley. Ann & Stella used to live in the “milking shed” in this corner of Paradise.
From the Minty, go left on Central Road to the STOP, turn right on Edward’s Road, follow it to Waiphero Road as the road goes left. Passing the cute little church where Ann & Geoff got married, you drop into the Valley. At the end, turn left. (Now you are on the Highway toward Murchison & the west coast. Right takes you back into Mot. by the airport). Pass the Peninsular Bridge, & turn left on Greenhill Road, at Ngatimoti School. Follow the gravel road (don’t go up Grooby Road) to the end.
Park on the grass near the 3 wooden sheds & walk UP the drive behind the milking shed, there are a few steps you can take up towards the land owner’s home & their organic veggie gardens. The nice dogs should greet you (Mickey & Miro) & show you the way. Stay to the right of the house & keep going up. Be sure to leave all gates as you find them, open or closed.
Back to the one-lane Peninsular Bridge, drive across, make an immediate left into the wee bowling green’s carpark for easy access to the Motueka River, have a swim & a * picnic.
Left on this road takes you to the West bank road. Left & you will go toward the Kahurangi National Park (Mt. Arthur, etc.) & a lovely loop drive to the Baton Bridge where you can return back on the Highway. Right, will take you back to Mot via Riwaka.
*Kina Peninsula is near the wee village of Tasman, where the rich & infamous Talley’s have mansions, the Golf Club is a gem, but the beach is where to head for some great seashells. Kina is the meat from sea anemone, and you can often find the exotic shells.
On the coastal Highway, leaving Mot, heading towards Nelson, go left at Tasman, stop at the shop for some goodies, then turn left & left again (straight will take you to the Beach Reserve & the Golf Club). You can park by the building that looks like a prison (one of the Talley’s new homes), or carry on a bit and park anywhere.