Today we took the bus for a drive to Kina Peninsula (it's close to Motueka - in the Taman/Nelson region). We parked in the Baigent Reserve, beside the Moutere Inlet. Although no camping is allowed it's a great spot to spend a few hours (or the day). There's a large grassy, sheltered area with barbecues and toilets nearby.
It's a popular spot to launch boats and jet skis ... plus it's ideal for picnics, swimming and kayaking.
Each side of the peninsula has access to the beach. One side is Tasman Bay and the other is the Moutere Inlet.
Many wattles smothered in bright, yellow flowers filled the air with the sweet smell of spring.
The distinctive chortling of tuis bustling about in the branches got me all excited, I was hoping to get a photo - but I didn't have any luck.
However, this cute little guy flew down beside us while we were having a cuppa, to see if we had anything yummy to share.
It was heart warming to see Paddy relaxed and happy after months of being unwell.