Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2nd to last Villa

The tiles about to go on the roof of the second to last unit at the Ernest Rutherford Retirement Home in Stoke.
Originally planned and on the drawing board for 64 units 4 years ago, this picture shows the roof being finished on Unit 111. Unit 112 was the final one.
What can you say, in these fiscally difficult times, Ryman had an absolute stunner of a winner on their hands here!

Once its finished - Fab views forever

The views will sure be great once this local hillside home is finished.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Yet another new subdivision

........been a bit of this happening in Nelson in recent months

Monday, December 21, 2009

Nelson Airport - Early Sunday AM

Panorama - some of Air New Zealand link partner's Air Nelsons Q300 in the early morning sunshine 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Taharoa Express has done it again!

Only saw the land based activity but, after seeing this ex Russian Mil Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter making numerous trips outbound with mini excavators and bobcats I had a deja vu feeling?

It reminded me of the same thing that happened a few years ago and suspected it may have been another ship like last time requiring its cargo leveled. After all, at this time of year it was hardly going to be a DOC contract?
Considering this machine and another smaller personnel carrier one, both headed in the direction of Open Sea, I suspected it wasn't erecting a mobile phone tower either.

And sure enough, thats exactly what it was the media are reporting, in fact its exactly the same ship as last time!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Solitude out in the Bay

A catamaran nearly has Tasman Bay to itself yesterday evening.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Semi Annual Restorative repairs

Although the whole boat was required to be present, the only thing being restored was the conning tower from where the tuna fish spotters direct everyone else.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Interesting Helicopter Visitor this week

Very expensive looking camera, or is it 2 of them, mounted on the front of this Squirrel 300/350 chopper.

Going by the look of the 4 of them inspecting the map, their destination was......?

Could what Vin Diesel be talking about here, have something to do with it?

Does the name Riddoch ring a bell here?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Helicopters were still at it.....

Reports in the paper and on the web indicate it was quite a fire, some folks being evacuated, with one home succumbing to the flames. Most of the firefighters and helicopters were working through Thursday night into Friday morning.

Smoke on...ok....over the Water

Large scrub fire in the Tapawera region of Tasman on Thursday evening

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Aotearoa mural at Port Nelson

One of Nelson's landmarks is this mural painted by Christopher Finlayson back in the mid 1980's.
To this day its probably one of the most photographed spots in town, and as you can see from the photo she's just had a new paint job.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nelsons only Railway Line

At Founders Park ~ there's talk of extending this line towards the centre of town ~ something I can only hope does indeed happen!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

This is all that remains....

....of the southern end of the Railway line that Nelson used to have. This photo depicts the old station at Glenhope.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

All 60,000tons of it

A large visitor to Port Nelson this week, the car carrier Trans Future 5.

Celebrating 20 Years

Last Weekend Nelson hosted the NZ celebrations for Mazda's 20th Year Anniversary of the production of this beaut car, the MX5. Everywhere you looked last weekend you couldn't help but spot one.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Found at the Airport

An unusual sight at Nelson Airport yesterday. Has "Aero Vodochody - L39C - Albatros" written on the side of the outer wing fuel tank. UPDATE - local paper has story about it here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nelson Webcam Images from Takeabreak

Today is a bit of a cheat day - I haven't taken these pics myself, but have "borrowed" them from Takeabreak NZ's webcams sprinkled around Nelson.

Above image is from Takeabreak NZ's webcam located in Bishopdale, Nelson.
The webcam, here, looks out in a northerly direction.

And here above is a snap taken today from the unit located at the Waterfront Cafe & Bar on Wakefield Quay. This camera is looking out in a West North Westerly direction.

And this last one is from high on Princes Drive Nelson.
If you'd like to see its exact orientation to get your bearings for its Nelson location / outlook, head on over to my post in which I've done just that.

And lastly who can forget seeing the Golden Sands of Kaiteriteri for the first time. For many honeymooners from the baby boomer years this sight will bring back fond memories of a different time & place.....along with a different pace of life. This webcam's outlook is in a east south easterly direction.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Not something usually seen

Looking out over the Nelson Airport you can see the Kina Peninsula outlined fabulously by a low setting sun. Motueka lies about middle of screen far right hand side.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

One of our newer subdivisions

Grampain Oaks is one of Nelson's newer suburbs as can be evidenced by the new builds you can see. The Grampians behind, make a fabulous backdrop / outlook for local residents. From memory most of these sections are already sold.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Railway Reserve

Everyone in Nelson knows about the Railway Reserve, its a path that leads from town out through Richmond and onto Brightwater. Its a throwback to when Nelson did have a train-line and a service. But that was many years ago, and now's its just a favoured pedestrian and cycleway to get around. Just recently the stretch you can view here was sealed.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Founders Park

Well known Nelson tourist attraction Founders Park with its windmill.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

That old Red Bus is back

When it turns to Spring and Summer in Nelson you see a bit more of this old fellow around the town.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

On track in 2009 we are to win!

according to last nights paper we are 75 hours ahead in the sunshine stakes as compared to Blenheim / Marlborough. So the weather chart above is no surprise.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Helicopters were back

...this week in droves.
This time of year around Oct / Nov the Frost Fighters as they are called are out there.
Vineyards stand to have damaged crops when unseasonally late frosts turn up. The way to combat this is with choppers.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

First Plane to land in

Nelson landed in Stoke here as the plague indicates.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Just in case you haven't....

seen this famous image before, it was taken on a previous Shuttle mission, 116 anyone? and shows a fab background of the Top of the South. That's Nelson in the "V" of Tasman Bay just to the left of top centre of pic.

Monday, September 28, 2009


When those trees are ready. cut them down. In the top right of the photo you'll see a logging crew harvesting what they usually do. Bottom left is The Cathedral with the Rutherford Hotel to its right front.