Anzac day is special to Ozzies and Kiwis . The human price of World War One is still being paid in an inter-generational currency. Here in Mapua , as in many other communities around NZ, small and large, on Anzac day, April 25, there will be a memorial parade, with pipes, bugle, and a short service, followed by tea in the community hall. It is a moving experience to share in, for young and for old. Nelson too has a wonderful Anzac memorial Service at Founders Park .
Yet while we remember the past on Anzac day, Anzac weekend itself is often a time for relaxation, visiting family and friends, or cycling/exploring the wineries and coastal tracks, Abel Tasman park, Mt Arthur, and of course the delights of the Mapua Wharf and the new Shed 4. Here, at Mapua41South we’re offering a 4 nights for 3 special. Many will turn that into a long weekend with an extended departure – like all day extended!: arrive Friday night April 22, stay with us for 3 nights, and leave as late as you like on Anzac Day April 25, …or stay overnight, all for free.
If you are thinking about flying in to Nelson airport and going Car-less in Mapua, hiring a bike (possibly an electric, power assist bike!) for some or all of the days you are here, we’re happy to pick you up and drop you off at the airport (my Rav 4 takes a max of 4, but if you are a larger party and will hire bikes from Trail Journeys Nelson or Wheelie Fantastic on the Wharf , or Nelson Cycle Hire at the Airport or Gentle Cyling Company in Stoke , we should be able to work in together to get your party here). The electric power assist bicycles available to hire mean the wineries, Nelson, Richmond , and Motueka are all accessible by people of all ages and fitness levels – even , especially, those with bad backs or gimpy knees!
Now a little reminder from the nzhistory.net :
“The word Anzac is part of the culture of New Zealanders and Australians. People talk about the ‘spirit of Anzac’; there are Anzac biscuits, and rugby or rugby league teams from the two countries play an Anzac Day test. …Anzac is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, created early in WWI , 1914–18. ….The Anzacs first saw action at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The small cove where the Australian and New Zealand troops landed was quickly dubbed Anzac Cove. Soon the word was being used to describe all Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Eventually, it came to mean any Australian or New Zealand soldier.”