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Af­ter a bit of a lie in next morn­ing, you’ll be ready for brunch so take the scenic Rocks Road route along the wa­ter­front to The Boat Shed Cafe. Ask for a ta­ble on the deck, then sit back and take in the fab­u­lous vista be­fore or­der­ing. I can’t go past their freshly baked sour­dough and goat’s cheese cro­quettes, but af­ter a big night out you might feel more like their smoked fish and potato cakes served with poached eggs and all the usual trim­mings. It’s only 12 months since this cafe was badly dam­aged when storm Fehi hit the re­gion, but you can’t keep a good cafe down. Lo­cals and reg­u­lar vis­i­tors alike were de­lighted when ser­vice re­sumed in June 2018. Ac­tu­ally, I like this place so much I could hap­pily eat break­fast, lunch and din­ner here two days in a row…

Time to get out of town for a bit? Neu­dorf Road in the Up­per Moutere re­gion, around half an hour’s drive from Nel­son’s CBD, is home to a huge

va­ri­ety of ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to Neu­dorf Vine­yards, Peck­ham’s Cider, Moutere Gold, Neu­dorf Mush­rooms, Neu­dorf Olives and Thor­vald Sheep Milk Cheese. (Tip: Check which of these will be open when you want to visit.)

Check­ing out all these ar­ti­san good­ies is thirsty work so why not rest and re­cu­per­ate in the gar­den bar of the Moutere Inn, which claims to be New Zealand’s old­est pub to re­main op­er­at­ing in its orig­i­nal build­ing. A light snack may be in order or some­thing more sub­stan­tial – ei­ther way, rest as­sured that as much as pos­si­ble from their menu is sourced lo­cally and their pork and chicken of­fer­ings are free range. / moutere­

Be­fore head­ing back to town, call in to the Bartlett and Gold Gallery on the same side of the road as the pub. De­scrib­ing her­self as a clay artist, Katie Gold’s colour­ful and quirky pieces are much sought af­ter and have fea­tured in many ex­hi­bi­tions. / bartlet­tand­

One fi­nal stop at the Ma­pua Wharf where, if it’s not too late in the day, you could hire a bike and then jump – along with the afore­men­tioned bike – on the ferry that plies be­tween the wharf and nearby Rab­bit Island. A leisurely ride around the enor­mous pine plan­ta­tions and the sandy beach (a pop­u­lar stop­ping off point for pass­ing seals), and there’s your ex­er­cise quo­tient for the day all done.

Fin­ish the day sit­ting in the late af­ter­noon sun with a house-brewed beer from the Golden Bear Brew­ing Com­pany just off the wharf where, if you’re lucky, there’ll be some rous­ing live mu­sic to en­joy. / gold­en­bear­brew­

Then am­ble over to The Smoke­house to order your fish’n’chips, but be pre­pared to join a queue. / smoke­

OPPOSITE Gourmet Sail­ing, LEFT Moutere InnBOT­TOM Moutere Gold; fish from The Smoke­house at Ma­pua Wharf

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