Queen’s birthday weekend holiday Friday June 3 through Monday June 6 is celebrated on the first Monday in June – even though the Queen Elizabeth’s “real birthday” is April 26. If you click on her picture to the right you can read the wikipedia article all about her.
OK, I confess, I like this holiday because it is a public holiday that creates a 3 day weekend, not because I am a fan of the now long gone “British Empire”. My good friend and bridge partner, Martin Lindley , and I often tease one another about how Canadians and Kiwis (I’m both) rue their colonial roots and the bad old days under the Imperial thumb – and gorse – while Martin (a kiwi and a pom) thinks nostalgically about the good old days where Britannia ruled the waves….and, like every other colonial power, anything and everything else it could lay its powerful hands on .
What’s important here? Really? Well, the beginning of the ski season for one! But in Mapua and Nelson Tasman winter time and Queen’s Birthday weekend is a fantastic 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! So you can arrive Friday night June 3, stay with us for 3 nights and leave as late as you like on Monday June 6. Or stay overnight on the Monday 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 Rav4 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, 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 – especially those with bad backs or gimpy knees.