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Кемпер/каравана с домакин Ann & Geoff
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the "Minty" ~ a sweet & tidy 1978 retro caravan ~ Cozy for 2, or privacy for a solo person, but can sleep up to 5 with a comfy mattress on the floor ~ in an apple orchard near SUNNY Motueka, the Tasman Sea & fabulous things to see & do. A #NZmust do.
Farmhouse breakfast; you be the caravan cook ~ we wash the dishes!
The Caravan has games & puzzles, a ping-pong table, BBQ & fire pit. Seasonal fruit for you to pick & enjoy.

Just being in the Minty feels like a HOLIDAY!
Life Can Be So Simple

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Our water is Dynamically Enhanced Structured, for great drinking & baths.
Better than a 5 star Hotel ? HA, Not only 5***** ... billions,000,000,000 of stars at night. Light the Minty atomic fire/BBQ, open that special bottle of NZ wine, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
SPA ? better than you can imagine. Our tidy tangerine bathroom has a tub and a separate shower. Light a candle, soak in Dynamically Enhanced water, mix-up a natural clay masque & relax. There’s local NZ products made with organic essential oils & sulphite free; bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner, skin wash, toothpaste, coconut oil. Sun dried towels & stacks of face cloths, There’s even a bathrobe & slippers in the drawer of the Minty for you to use.
As far as a gym… ping-pong (table-tennis), just beside you (with slower balls, if you like).

The Minty isn't a 5***** accommodation, it's camping. Think, sunny breakfasts, mix-matched sheets, grass under your feet kinda place, your family Caravan.
It’s over 40 years old, so please handle with care. Drawers lift up & out. No smoking inside

PLAY, or just RELAX in the hammock hanging between the plum trees next to the Minty, or under the giant oak tree (that beckons big kids to climb) in the 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 out a vintage tablecloth under the fruit trees. This is comfortable camping, some call it #glamping, we call it ~ "gourmet hobo"

Guest access
PARENTS note: This Airbnb is not child-proofed, & due to its age, the Minty is fragile, parents must decide if this environment suits.

The 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 from under the giant oak tree in the 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, toothpaste, 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.

Have a sneak-peek at Geoff's whimsical, wonderful, weird art .com HoonGalleryArt. you can see more if you like, when you meet him, as his studio is in the shed near the Minty.

Other things to note
There are HEAPS OF GREAT THINGS TO DO NEARBY the Minty Caravan:
Our local FUN-List:
We highly recommend the Motueka i-Site to book your NZ adventures, they know it all & it’s FREE.

BEACHES ! Little Kaiteriteri & Steven's Bay are where we go to the beach. When the tide is in, swim nearby at the beach or the "salt water baths" by Port Motueka Marina.

If you enjoy art, ask Geoff to see his studio/gallery/man-cave in the shed near the Minty. Have a sneak peek: HoonGalleryArt on the internet
See our daughter's mural @ Motueka High School (go pass the Airport, turn right on Whakarewa St. Left on Grey St.

*we love picnics! These are some ideas for a Picnic spot (we have a hamper you can borrow), or just nice to visit.

*Kina Beach Reserve, a great place to fossick on the beach, with super low tides & stunning views. It’s our favourite Minty holiday destination & only 15 minutes away! There’s a bathtub on the beach, light a fire underneath… imagine how nice that is. Directions to Kina peninsula are at the end of this list.

In our town of Motueka or just Mot as the locals say:
Motueka Sunday Market 8am - 1pm near the iSite, has a bit of everything.
There are 2 supermarkets, a few cafes & several florists & gift-shops, 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 OpShops (Sallies, Hospice, SPCA, ReStore, Community Store & Red Cross).

It’s fun to visit the ROCKFELLA at the Clock Tower corner ~ David, who’s really passionate about the hard stuff in the world, he can help you create your own bit to wear, or just have a look at what he’s done.

World-class Skydive, or choose another way to get high at the Motueka Airport (hang-glide, micro-lite, helicopter…), or just go 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. They hire clubs, & are super-friendly. Drive up just for the VIEW from the carpark! (Directions to Kina @ end of the list).

Take a picture with the WORLD’S LARGEST KIWI-BIRD! It's just inland, off the Coastal Highway before you get into Motueka, (from Nelson ) on Moana Road Loop.

In the evening, go to Mot: to see an eclectic movie at the Gecko Art, 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 & a ping pong table (badMINTon, petanque, old-school croquet, a bow & arrow are around here somewhere).

Shoppe ~ Once upon a time we had a little Retro collectibles shop... Now we call it “N.Z. Retro - Rescue”, it’s on the back porch. We also have a wee basket of small stuff to fossick thru. Have a browse, get a Minty souvenir. (Leave $ in the yellow envelope in the Minty guest book.) Cheers

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 to the Ranges, with snow-capped Mt. Arthur (a day trip “tramp”).

Relax in the hammock next to the Minty. Set the table under the fruit trees. Or go to the shady glade at the front of the house, at the mint green post & hike-in under the giant oak tree (which is beckoning to be climbed by big kids), listen to the New Zealand birdsong & watch the sunset behind the ranges.

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 & fresh cut steaks from, of all places, the petrol station nearby. Right on Central, then left.
A well supplied fruit & veggie stall is a bit further on 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

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! TOWNSHEND, a craft beer brewery is there too!

We like the Moutere Inn (New Zealand’s oldest pub) for fish & chips, on the Moutere Highway going toward Nelson, we sit out in the sunshine, enjoying the view of the Moutere Hills, choose a locally sourced wine or a large variety of beer on tap. They are really nice people too. They have good grub for a pub & serve a nice dinner.

In MOTUEKA… there is: The Smoking Barrel, 2 Thai choices, Indian, Chinese, Turkish Kebabs, pizza... you’ll find something good.

Antonius or the Patisserie Bakeries are recommended. The Wheelhouse is an Asian mini-market, & has reportedly the best FiSH & CHiPS, so does the Happy Chippie. KT’s, is nearest to the Minty, turn right at the airport, it will be on the right before the clock tower

Of course there’s a few bars/pubs: The Sprig & Fern is behind Coppin's Sport.
There is the new Chinese Street-food Kitchen, the Krishna’s (next to New World) have $6.. lunches. KFC & Maccas do exist. Nautilus cafe has sushi for lunch, talk coffee with Ryan the artist, he’s nuts about it.

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.

Between MOTUEKA & NELSON: @ MAPUA is the Mapua Wharf, where there are some cool shops & restaurants.

*Picnic Plans?
Off to 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. do it yourself, borrow a basket, a chilly-bin & a hat on the back porch & off you go ! Look below to see what we would put in a hamper for you.

If you order in advance, we can make you up a gourmet picnic basket with a retro rug to layout. Here’s a sample of what is usually available:

Picnic Basket Menu Ideas:
>Sparkling NZ spring water
>NZ Cheese platter with local Salami, Chutney, Olives,
>Pavlova: an iconic Kiwi sweet made with Meringue, Fruit & Cream
For ~ 2 $100.
We can recommend local wine & beer
Please order a day in advance.
Also available to take-away. Maybe for the ferry?

Local Drives (or bike)
* Our region is full of art & vineyards. Spend the day seeing art & wine tasting.

It’s a 5 minute BIKE ride from Minty to the “Nga Haererenga” or "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. Tasman's Great Taste Trail is one of New Zealand's Great Rides.

Bike rentals in Motueka: Coppins Outdoors. We have some bikes, let us know if you want to use them, Geoff might have to pump a tire... If you're into mountain biking, stop at the bike shop at the clock tower, then head off to Kaiteriteri for a most awesome Trail ride.

Rent a scooter, bike or drive into the Motueka Valley* up one side of the river (world famous trout fishing) cross over at the Baton Bridge, & back on the other Cross at the 100year old Peninsular bridge, for a figure-8. Starts here, left 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. an excellent Sculpture garden, & Labyrinth rocks (just out of town, turn right at the petrol station). Going straight through Takaka, cross the river to see “Pupu Springs” (Te Waikoropupū) 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*.

* * * * * nearer Mot, on our side of the hill, the Riwaka Resurgence River flows from under Takaka Hill, with a world class easy bush walk along pools of freezing cold water & native bush. Turn left into the Riwaka Valley as you start to go up the Takaka Hill (follow the road left, not right @ Kaiteriteri turn-off).

In the village of Riwaka, have dynamite coffee & a dynamite pie @ 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, to swim & picnic, of course!*
* Marahau has horseback riding on the beach, and 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 everywhere.

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 vicinity.

Walks
There are incredible local walks & hikes or “tramps” 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, Birdlife, & homes that share 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 nice 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. A left would take you to the airport, 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. 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 just 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, look for the sign to Split Apple Rock and take a beautiful bush walk down lots of steps to the stunning tiny beach. We have seen stingrays flying by in the sea here.

*White Rock is a 45 min. steep walk up to a giant quartz boulder with views over the Motueka Valley Ann & Stella lived in the “milking shed” in this bit 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 beautiful organic veggie gardens. The nice dog should greet you (Mickey) & 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.
This road takes you to the West Bank Rd: Left & you will go toward the Kahurangi National Park (Mt. Arthur, etc.) or 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 (Jester House Cafe ~open only on Fridays, Kina Reserve & Golf Course), 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.
DIRECTIONS to KINA: 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 on Kina Peninsula Road (or go straight 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.

Coming or going to the Picton Ferry? Pelorus River Bridge: Locals know & love it, travellers zoom past without a clue (quoting Scott Cook from the book "S. Island Frenzy"). "What you've got here is the crystal-clear Pelorus River lazily winding through one of the S. Island's most-accessible strands of virgin forest. Even better, the Pelorus pools up into some inviting swimming holes rimmed by oh-so-dive-able rocks...& even better-better, Pelorus is about the warmest river water you're gonna find anywhere on the S. Island. And, to make it more enticing there is a cafe. There is no reason, not even in a downpour rain, not to stop & jump into 100% New Zealand!
As if that's not enough, there are nice walking tracks in the Pelorus Reserve for every level of energy & fitness. Easy tracks lead to a massive Totara tree & an 80 m swing bridge spanning the neighbouring Rai River, while a moderate loop track gains 350 m in 2.5 km up to K Trig. This place is New Zealand. This place isn't in Lonely Planet.
Skip the K Trig track unless you simply want a good work-out. All the easy short walks are nice." The carpark mapboard shows all the tracks.
About 60 min. from the Picton Ferry & about 45 min. from Nelson (about 1/1/2 hours from the Minty), 19 km west of Havelock. Well marked on State Highway 6.

Достъп на гостите
PARENTS note: This Airbnb is not child-proofed, & due to it's age, the Minty is fragile, parents must decide if this environment suits.

The 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 from under the giant oak tree in the 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, toothpaste, 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.

Have a sneek-peek at Geoff's whimsical, wonderful, weird art .com HoonGalleryArt. you can see more if you like, when you meet him, as his studio is in the shed near the Minty.

Други неща за отбелязване
There are HEAPS OF GREAT THINGS TO DO NEARBY the Minty Caravan:
Our local FUN-List:
We highly recommend the Motueka i-Site to book your NZ adventures, they know it all & it’s FREE.

BEACHES ! Little Kaiteriteri & Steven's Bay are where we go to the beach. When the tide is in, swim nearby at the beach or the "salt water baths" by Port Motueka Marina.

If you enjoy art, ask Geoff to see his studio/gallery/man-cave in the shed near the Minty. Have a sneak peek: HoonGalleryArt on the internet
See our daughter's mural @ Motueka High School (go pass the Airport, turn right on Whakarewa St. Left on Grey St.

*we love picnics! These are some ideas for a Picnic spot (we have a hamper for you to borrow, if you like), or just nice to visit.

*Kina Beach Reserve a great place to fossick on the beach, with super low tides & stunning views. It’s is our favourite Minty holiday destination & only 15 minutes away! There’s a bathtub on the beach, light a fire underneath… imagine how nice that is. Directions to Kina peninsula are at the end of this list.

In our town of Motueka or just Mot as the locals say:
Motueka Sunday Market 8am - 1pm near the iSite, has a bit of everything.
There are 2 supermarkets, a few cafes & several florists & gift-shops, 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 OpShops (Sallies, Hospice, SPCA, ReStore, Community Store & Red Cross). “Mariri Mall” (the recycle centre) is nearby us here in Lower Moutere.

A fun visit is the ROCKFELLA at the Clock Tower corner ~ David, who’s really passionate about the hard stuff in the world, he can help you create your own bit to wear, or just have a look at what he’s done.

World-class Skydive, or choose another way to get high at the Motueka Airport (hang-glide, micro-lite, helicopter…), or just go 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. They hire clubs, & are super-friendly. Drive up just for the view from the carpark! (Directions to Kina @ end of the list).

Take a picture with the world's largest Kiwi-bird! It's just inland, off the Coastal Highway before you get into Motueka, (from Nelson ) on Moana Road Loop.

In the evening, go to Mot: to see an eclectic movie at the Gecko Art, 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, (badMINTon, petanque, old-school croquet, a bow & arrow are around here somewhere).

Shoppe ~ Once upon a time we had a little Retro collectibles shop... Now we call it “N.Z. Retro - Rescue”, it’s on the back porch. We also have a wee basket of small stuff to fossick thru. Have a browse, get a Minty souvenir. (Leave $ in the yellow envelope in the Minty guest book.) Cheers

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 to the Ranges, with snow-capped Mt. Arthur (a day trip “tramp”).

Relax on the Adirondack chair in the sun next to the Minty. Set the table under the fruit trees. Or go to the shady glade at the front of the house, at the mint green post & hike-in under the giant oak tree (which is beckoning to be climbed by big kids), listen to the New Zealand birdsong & watch the sunset behind the ranges.

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 & fresh cut steaks from, of all places, the petrol station nearby. Right on Central, then left.
A well supplied fruit & veggie stall is a bit further on 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

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! TOWNSHEND, a craft beer brewery is there too!

We like the Moutere Inn (New Zealand’s oldest pub) for fish & chips, on the Moutere Highway going toward Nelson, we sit out in the sunshine, enjoying the view of the Moutere Hills, choose a locally sourced wine or a large variety of beer on tap. They are really nice people too. They have good grub for a pub & serve a nice dinner.

In MOTUEKA… there is: The Smoking Barrel, 2 Thai & an Indian Restaurant, that have nice food & serve dinner

Antonius or the Patisserie Bakeries are recommended. 2 Chinese takeaways, The Wheelhouse is an Asian mini-market, & has reportedly the best FiSH & CHIPS, so does the Happy Chippie. KT’s, is nearest to the Minty, turn right at the airport, it will be on the right before the clock tower

Of course there’s a few bars/pubs: The Sprig & Fern is behind Coppin's Sport.
There is the new Chinese Street-food Kitchen, the Krishna’s (next to New World) have $6.. lunches. KFC & Maccas do exist. Nautilus cafe has sushi for lunch, talk coffee with Ryan the artist, he’s nuts about it.

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.
Between MOTUEKA & NELSON: @ MAPUA is the Mapua Wharf, where there are some cool shops & restaurants.

*Picnic Plans?
Off to 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. do it yourself, borrow a basket, a chilly-bin & a hat on the back porch & off you go ! Look below to see what we would put in a hamper for you.

If you order in advance, we can make you up a gourmet picnic basket with a retro rug to layout. Here’s a sample of what is usually available:

Picnic Basket Menu Ideas:
>Sparkling NZ spring water
>NZ Cheese platter with local Salami, Chutney, Olives,
>Pavlova: an iconic Kiwi sweet made with Meringue, Fruit & Cream
For ~ 2 $100.
We can recommend local wine & beer
Please order a day in advance.
Also available to take-away. Maybe for the ferry?

Local Drives (or bike)
* Our region is full of art & vineyards. Spend the day seeing art & wine tasting.

It’s a 5 minute BIKE ride from Minty to the “Nga Haererenga” or "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. Tasman's Great Taste Trail is one of New Zealand's Great Rides.

Bike rentals in Motueka: Coppins Outdoors. We have bikes of sorts to loan, but they're not that great. If you”re into mountain biking, stop at the bike shop at the clock tower, then head off to Kaiteriteri for a most awesome Trail ride.

Rent a scooter, bike or drive into the Motueka Valley* up one side of the river (world famous trout fishing) cross over at the Baton Bridge, & back on the other Cross at the 100year old Peninsular bridge, for a figure-8. Starts here, left 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 an excellent Sculpture garden, & Labyrinth rocks (just out of town, turn right at the petrol station). Going straight through Takaka, cross the river to see “Pupu Springs” (Te Waikoropupū) 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*.

* * * * * nearer Mot, on our side of the hill, the Riwaka Resurgence River flows from under Takaka Hill, with a world class easy bush walk along pools of freezing cold water & native bush. Turn left into the Riwaka Valley as you start to go up the Takaka Hill (follow the road left, not right @ Kaiteriteri turn-off).

In the village of Riwaka, have dynamite coffee & a dynamite pie @ 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, to swim & picnic, of course!*
* Marahau has horse back riding on the beach, and 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 everywhere.

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 vicinity.

Walks
There are incredible local walks & hikes or “tramps” 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, Birdlife, & 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 nice 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. A left would take you to the airport, 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. 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 just 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, look for the sign to Split Apple Rock and take a beautiful bush walk down lots of steps to the stunning tiny beach. We have seen stingrays flying by in the sea here.

*White Rock is a 45 min. steep walk up to a giant quartz bolder with views over the Motueka Valley Ann & Stella lived in the “milking shed” in this bit 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 beautiful 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.
This road takes you to the West Bank Rd: Left & you will go toward the Kahurangi National Park (Mt. Arthur, etc.) or 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 (Jester House, Kina Reserve), 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.
DIRECTIONS to KINA: 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 on Kina Peninsula Road (or go straight 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.

Coming or going to the Picton Ferry? Pelorus River Bridge: Locals know & love it, travellers zoom past without a clue (quoting Scott Cook from the book "S. Island Frenzy"). "What you've got here is the crystal-clear Pelorus River lazily winding through one of the S. Island's most-accessible strands of virgin forest. Even better, the Pelorus pools up into some inviting swimming holes rimmed by oh-so-dive-able rocks...& even better-better, Pelorus is about the warmest river water you're gonna find anywhere on the S. Island. And, to make it more enticing there is a cafe. There is no reason, not even in a downpour rain, not to stop & jump into 100% New Zealand!
As if that's not enough, there are nice walking tracks in the Pelorus Reserve for every level of energy & fitness. Easy tracks lead to a massive Totara tree & an 80m swingbridge spanning the neighbouring Rai River, while a moderate loop track gains 350m in 2.5km up to K Trig. This place is New Zealand. This place isn't in Lonely Planet.
Skip the K Trig track unless you simply want a good work-out. All the easy short walks are nice." The carpark mapboard shows all the tracks.
About 60 min. from the Picton Ferry & about 45 min. from Nelson (about 1/1/2 hours from the Minty), 19km west of Havelock. Well marked on State Highway 6.
the "Minty" ~ a sweet & tidy 1978 retro caravan ~ Cozy for 2, or privacy for a solo person, but can sleep up to 5 with a comfy mattress on the floor ~ in an apple orchard near SUNNY Motueka, the Tasman Sea & fabulous things to see & do. A #NZmust do.
Farmhouse breakfast; you be the caravan cook ~ we wash the dishes!
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See an extensive list of truly spectacular things to do in our area in "Other things to Note"
Tyler, who was one of our guests wrote: "Classic Airbnb experience that you won't get anywhere else. Staying in "Minty" was so fun. Waking up in the orchards, cooking a farm fresh breakfast and staying up late playing board games was really a blast. Ann and Geoff were excellent hosts with great tips on the local area. Definitely go for the picnic basket option! The location is excellent: quiet countryside feel but close to all the hotspots like Abel Tasman and Kaiteri beach. Highly recommend it!"

Besides apple, pear & kiwi-fruit orchards, there are paddocks with sheep, horses & miniature horses, pigs, goats & alpaca. Then there's the occasional hedge-hog, hare or rabbit, pukekos & ducks out on the pond & plenty of birds singing!

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. And there's the Townshend Brewery, bring back a flagon to enjoy 'round the Minty.

~read more about our favourite places to eat in "Other things to Note"
See an extensive list of truly spectacular things to do in our area in "Other things to Note"
Tyler, who was one of our guests wrote: "Classic Airbnb experience that you won't get anywhere else. Staying in…

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...when Geoff is not at work in his HOON studio/gallery, (have a (Email hidden by Airbnb) ) we often enjoy a cuppa in the Minty. We like to play retro games or do an iconic Kiwi puzzle ~ never sure all the pieces are there! Sometimes we tow the Minty to Kina Beach ... in a half hour we are parked-up at the high-tide line of the Tasman Bay. We light a fire at night & wake-up to the sunrise over the bay. ~ glorious glamping. EVEN BETTER ~ we hope you will enjoy it too!
...when Geoff is not at work in his HOON studio/gallery, (have a (Email hidden by Airbnb) ) we often enjoy a cuppa in the Minty. We like to play retro games or do an iconic Kiwi pu…
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Breakfast 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 ! (Leave your dirty dishes in the laundry-room).
Pick & eat fruit that is ripe on the trees: Apples, Oranges, Lemonades (sweet lemons), Mandarins, Tangelos, Grapefruit, Loquats, Plums, Peaches, Grapes, & Pears, Figs, Fejoas, Strawberry-Guava, Persimmons, Macadamia Nuts...whatever is in season.
Breakfast is:
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