The TranzAlpine train journey was one our must-dos in New Zealand. It runs between Christchurch on the east coast and Greymouth on the west coast. We took the bus from Nelson to Greymouth, and the TranzAlpine scenic train from there to Christchurch. The bus ride was just a bus ride, but also quite scenic. We … Read more

Abel Tasman National Park


We did a section of the Abel Tasman track. It’s one of the easier and more accessible of New Zealand’s Great Walks. And the area is known for good weather.  We booked a tour through the backpackers where we’re staying. It included an hour bus trip to get us to the park, a half-hour water … Read more

WOW Museum

wearable art and cars

WOW stands for World of WearableArt. The WOW Museum held wearable art winners of an annual international contest here in New Zealand. It also had a lot of fabulous classic cars. Since I like fashion and Steve likes old cars stopping here was a no brainer for us. We took the bus there and back. … Read more



Nelson is pleasant town close to Abel Tasman park and with a (now closed) interesting museum. Day 1: Wellington to Nelson and a WOW Museum We flew from Wellington on the south end of the north island, to Nelson on the north end of the south island. Got it?? We went through NO airport security. … Read more