Day 2: Blenheim to Mapua, (via Nelson)

Today we drove to Nelson, with the intention of visiting some great wineries nearby which were recommended to us as a “must visit.” However, it turned out all the wineries on our list, closed their cellar doors during the winter!


A quick change of plans had us heading to a town called Mapua, a little seaside village in the heart of the Nelson with a lively cluster of restaurants, art galleries, wine bars and a craft brewery.

Obviously, we headed straight to the wine bar (after a quick bite to eat). As luck would have it, they had over 50 different wines for tasting, so we didn’t need to visit all the wineries on our list after all.

For $20 you can choose any five wines to make up a wine tree. We sat and sampled for about an hour, brought a few bottles and then headed to Kina Recreational Reserve, our home for the night. A tiny, secluded camp site, nestled right on the beach.

We strolled the shores for an hour before retiring to the campervan for the night, where we played cards, drank wine, ate cheese and biscuits and snuggled up in back of the camper with sea views, warm duvets and pillows.


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