Road trip part one And now part 2: Murchison
On the road to Reefton.
Reefton used to be known as Quartzopolis, and is a bit famous as “In 1888 Reefton became the first town in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere to receive electricity …” [Wikipedia] It is also where my whānau comes from. I haven’t visited for years, probably since my Grandma died. It’s a place we visited lots, I used to dream of coming here to live.
Dad’s nickname was Farmer – aka the Broadway Farmer – so it was cool to stay on the street he got that name from.
The Reefton cross.
The Reefton Skate Park.
The swinging bridge across the Inangahua River.
I visited the graves of my uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents – Robertsons and Cohens.
The cemetery is quite beautiful, and it was raining.
There are a bunch of second hand shops in Reefton. Many of them had a lot of dolls. Apparently there is an elderly collector who has dispersed her collection. One was showcased in a gigantic fridge.
Bubbles on Broadway
At the top of Broadway, an American artist in the old BNZ building has two bubble machines firing out his window, and the street is full of bubbles.
More second hand sights and shops
Coutts and Jones Antiques at the Reefton Coffin Co
My favourite shop. So many treasures. They had an original Tom Scott cartoon drawing about the welfare state, you could see where he had whited things out. Also glass eyes, Fun ho toys etc. I bought a 1988 first day cover celebrating 100 years of electricity, and a long pair of leather gloves with little buttons.
There is an historic photo in the window of this shop, and my grandma is in it – the shop used to be called Thorpy’s.
Here is her great-granddaughter in the same spot.
I had this week off work, and had a big ole to-do list around home. But things didn’t go to plan, and we took a short unexpected roadie. A night in Nelson, a night in my family hometown Reefton, and driving through points in between.
Paris Cafe in Amberley. With some artful cropping, we could zush up our summer holiday pics no end.
Where a bee had the temerity to sting me, and a visitor had the gall to do a shit beside the river when there was a DOC loo metres away.
Tahunanui Beach had playgrounds galore, a miniature railway round a lake (open on Sundays, not while we were there), bumper boats, trampoline world, and racing karts. Excite!
Unexpected architectural delights for lovers of Brutalism, Art Deco, and Gothic.
Loved Penguino Ice Cream Cafe, design store Cubicle, and Gizmos (pinup girl frocks etc). I had the salted lychee sorbet, and DAMN.
Nelson Steps and Cathedral
It was muggy and hot and wonderful. There was a Christmas Tree festival in the Nelson Cathedral, and we were there just before closing so got to turn out the lights and blow out the candles.