Last week I returned from a big trip SOUTH. The first part of the trip was to Nelson and Takaka. I camped on a farm where all the other members coming to the weekend were gathered. We had a wonderful evening around the fire.
Next day we went to a farmlet on the side of a hill on very strong limestone soil. There was a cave in the rock for cellaring the wines grown on the small vineyard. There was a grove of Moso. Here a foto.
The culms are still rather small. Most can grow to twice this size.
There was a Japanese bell on the property. It is alleged to be the largest in NZ.
On a cool clear morning the bell can be heard in Takaka, 5 kms away.
Here we are standing inside a semi cave in a limestone outcrop. You get a nice view over the surrounding area of Golden Bay.
Nelson is a very beautiful part of New Zealand. Cheers Chris, the pipegrower.