Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
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Several people had told me not to bother with Nelson as it was just a boring port but I actually really enjoyed my time. It’s a very pretty little town, tucked under the hills with a river runnign through surrounded by willow tress and lots of spring blossoms so I did a lot of walking to the geographical centre of NZ and running up by the river. I also took a boat trip to Abel Tasman national park and did some walking around there which is beautiful – golden sands and clear blue waters.
The highlight, however, had to be the free chocolate pudding and ice cream provided by the hostel every evening! Everyone flocked eagerly to the kitchen at 8pm, so it was an unfortunate time to drop a bottle of tui very loudly all over the kitchen floor. Typical. On my last night we headed out to a local bar which was holding a pool tournament and once again things escalated. I was only going to have one drink but the bar tricked me into buying five beers, because it only costs twenty dollars for backpackers, and then the French boys challenged me to a downing competition (or sculling, as they say in NZ) and I wasn’t going to bettered by the French was I? We then headed back to the hostel for a strangely sophisticated end to the evening of brie and crackers before I headed to bed at 3am in order to feel refreshed for my bus at 7.30 the next morning.