After the excitement of the jumps by the girls, we made our way back to the house via four quick stops. Our first stop was at a pottery co-op which allowed us to see a beautifully renovated church (just down the street) with white-washed ceiling, beams and trim – the structure very similar to the house we live in but without the dark wood finish. The building had been lovingly turned into a series of retail spaces, including a gorgeous flower shop worthy of a movie set or English village.
We then made our way from Motueka to a beautiful beach at Kaiteriteri (courtesy of a tip from a Toronto Raptors fan at the skydiving place), where we ate our picnic lunch and enjoyed the sunshine. Others at the beach were sheltering in the coves and suntanning so as to soak more warmth out of the late morning sun, as it was less than 20C while we enjoyed our lunch of cheese and crackers, carrots and artichoke dip.
The most interesting stop of the morning was at Riwika River Estate – a local winery purchased in 2008 by the current owners. As we pulled in, Paul was just getting the tractor set to trim the tops of some of the vines and he jumped right down and gave us an amazing tour of the winery and olive groves, explaining how he hand prunes the vines and every bunch of grapes to allow maximum opportunity for the grapes to ripen properly and produce the correct amount of sugar to generate amazing wine. They produce three beautiful wines called Resurgent: a Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay (aged in french oak barrels), and a Pinot Noir. After our impromptu tour and tasting, we left with a bottle of the Pinot Noir. Great stop for kids and adults alike!
On our way back over the mountain we stopped at The Woolshed – a café plus wool shop and mini animal farm. A bit of wool was purchased, as Rebecca loves finding small samples she can turn into a hat, socks, or headbands as memories of our trips. Two lovely skeins were picked up – one is a multi-coloured merino/silk that will make a cool hat (hopefully there is enough), and the other was spun from the sheep on the property. A quick coffee and some milkshakes, and we were on our way down the mountain.
A quick stop at Tata beach – a mere 800m from our place – where there are signs about whales, dolphins and seals and how to approach them in a boat if you are fortunate enough to see them.
Home for some soccer on the lawn, exploring the fruit trees on this property (picked a passion fruit, greeted sheep), reading and games… and sorting through videos and photos provided by Skydive Abel Tasman. Another great NZ day.