Wednesday, July 6, 2011


We arrived in Nelson in a late afternoon, the city was very quiet. All stores, cafes & restaurants were closed. The only place still open was Burger King. So we stopped by and grabbed some burgers. The view outside the store was magnificent. A cloud formation glows orange in the setting sun, as seen from the parking lot.

Then we headed straight to Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco to spend the night. We stayed at a 2 level cottage there, the place was so lovely with its village style setting.
View from my room window

The reason we went to Nelson was actually to have a sea kayaking experience on Abel Tasman National Park. The thing is all kayak tours depart from Kaiteriteri (which is an hour away from our place) at 7am. The concierge has the best knowledge about all things of Nelson. Once she said there's a place for salmon fishing, I became enthusiastic. The salmon fishing place is located in Takaka which is also far from our place, so we decided to stop by Kaiteriteri , wander around the beach then continue our way to Anatoki Salmon

 Anatoki Salmon is a freshwater salmon farm. There is no entry fee and the fishing gear is also supplied for free. Visitors pay only for what they catch. At the beginning, it was very challenging to us. Although the water was so pristine that we could see salmons with the naked eye, still we caught nothing. So we bought some baits, once we used them everything was getting much easier. We caught 3 big salmons!

We ordered a salmon to be prepared in sashimi, another one hot smoked with lemon pepper flavour and the third one hot smoked with basil garlic flavour. While we were waiting, my dad ordered a cup of cappuccino with a beautiful fish shaped creation on top. There's no better way to eat fresh salmon than to catch your own. This is definitely the best suggestion ever!
In the South Island, you'll find a lot of fruit and vegetable stalls which provide fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, chutneys and a range of organically produced products. We stopped by one of those and my mom bought an organic tomato sauce and some jams
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Look at those tomatoes!
Here are some snaps of flowers around the resort!

Then we have fresh salmon sashimi, strawberries, peaches & a bottle of red wine for early dinner on a beautiful patio outside the cottage.

Dad, Me, Mom, Samantha, Kevin

Grand Mercure Monaco Nelson
6 Point Road,Monaco,
New Zealand
+64 3 547 8233

Anatoki Salmon Farm
239 McCallum Road
Takaka 7183, New Zealand
+64 3 525 7251

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