Checking in at Mapua Leisure Park in the rain was easy. Getting Rafe organised in the rain on these huge parks was another matter. The parks are generally 9m by 9m but are marked only by little signs in the grass. Fun to see in the rain 🙂
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After figuring out that the trees I’d parked in front of were in the way of a good TV signal, all was well. It was all about knowing where North was 🙂 I was completely confused even though I was once a boy scout too!
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We were right on the waterfront. Just amazing looking back over Rabbit Island to the hills behind Nelson. A great spot.
On our second day, we went for a bike ride around to the Mapua Port. In what used to some old cool stores have all been turned into a selection of specialty shops and food outlets. It was really interesting. The port is only about 10 minutes riding from the camping ground and is an easy walk too.
After looking through an antique shop with Fiona I went back to the wharf and watched the boats with the amazing current with the outgoing tide. It must have been at least 5 knots! The boats on the moorings look like theyre under way and when a small boat came in against the current, it looked like it was barely making and headway. It must be a dangerous area if you broke down!
After having some great Fish and Chips at the fish shop, we headed back to the town for a cuppa at the bakery and then back to the camp.
The sun was shining, the wind was insignificant and it was just lovely by the water, watching boats come and go.
With over 100 powered sites, a pool, a Cafe and some motels, its massive. A very pleasant place to stay and I gather it rocks during summer.