A Lovely Stewart Island Day

What a gorgeous day we have on Stewart Island today. A light breeze of easterly, a little broken cloud and an outside temperature of 11.4 deg. And that’s taken from our weather station which is about 5 metres above Sails Ashore roof line. Our sheltered back yard and garden area is probably about 3 deg warmer.

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The resurgence

The Resurgence – Abel Tasman, Nelson

The Resurgance
The Resurgence is set in 50 acres of tranquil wilderness with 5km of bush tracks. Surrounded by birds, this relaxed and friendly Lodge is a perfect base for exploring the Nelson Region. Select Boutique Lodge Rooms or self-contained Bush Suites on Dinner B&B or self-contained basis. Dinner is a highlight with 4-course lodge-dining showcasing Nelson wine and produce. The Resurgence is the closest 5-star accommodation to the Abel Tasman National Park and also offers easy day trips to Golden Bay, Kahurangi National Park or Nelson art studios and wineries. Let your well-travelled hosts help you plan activities such as kayaking, hikes and birding trips to winery and art tours. A child-free, smoke free resort with pool, spa and massage therapies; ideal for honeymoons and for active couples who enjoy good food and nature.

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Winter Gardeners at Fyffe Lodge

Winter at Fyffe Lodge   Like everyone else throughout New Zealand at this time of the year we have heads down and bottoms up with pruning and trimming.   With some 60 roses on site it takes us a while not to mention the grape vine and the stone fruit trees.   Stringing up the…

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Stewart Island Fantails congregate in the lower altitudes

Winter Visitors   There are always fantails around, but winter seems to bring a marked upsurge in number. I guess coming down to lower levels to escape the worst of the weather. And so at a time of year when it can be a bit dreary …. and the last few days have been very…

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Winter Ramblings from Sails Ashore, Stewart Island

Winter is Here, or Ramblings of an Island “Batchelor” The last couple of days have been savage. We have a really nasty weather system sweeping across Southern New Zealand. Yesterday was steady rain from a very low cloud base, and gale westerly. This morning after a night of heavy rain and occasional thunder I was startled…

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Through a Guests Eyes

Ulva Island as seen by English Guests at Sails Ashore   Don’t tread on the birds Our Captain Birdseye lookalike, Peter, dropped us off on the jetty and went to park the boat. We walked a few steps into the forest and stopped. A hen sized brown bird calmly ambled across the path in front of…

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Stewart Island Orchids, Morepork and a happy Galley Slave

Tours to Ulva Island Staying at Sails Ashore on Stewart Island includes a guided discovery tour of Ulva Island with Peter … your host. The changing seasons and attendant flowers, ferns and birds is the focus of many of my posts. Orchid Season draws to a close Yesterday I found a clump of Autumn (Easter)…

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Stewart Island remembers it’s past

Norsk Feiring, Norwegian Celebration Weekend. Stewart Island has had a long historic association with whalers. This started with the discovery of the “Solander” Grounds to the west of the Island in the 1830’s and continued for more or less 100 years, culminating with the arrival into Paterson Inlet in 1923 of the Rosshavet Whaling Companies factory…

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Safari Lodge Motor Cycles and Trucks

Safari Lodge on Tour During the last 12 months we have managed to get out and about touring on our old Harley Davidson Motorcycle with a trip to Auckland and a Rally at Mount Cook. The only down side of running Safari Lodge Invercargill, is the summer months are spent in doors. We frequently  host…

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