Trail-blazers give thumbs up

cycle trail

The route might not have the final letter of approval - but who cares about the paperwork when you can take in some amazing country on a cycle ride between Mapua and Kaiteriteri.

Vote for Nelson's best beer photo

Nelson craft beer map

Nelson's craft brewers are holding a photo competition to find a new cover shot for its beer trail brochure.

Environment Centre placement was a win-win


Nelson Environment Centre (NEC) has been delighted to offer two students studying the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work) degree at NMIT the opportunity to get stuck in over a 12-week placement.

Brightwater refines range to great acclaim


One producer who has changed to meet the market and has continued to refine the exciting range of wines they produce is Brightwater Vineyards.

Spring joy and hope for peace


Marvelling at the first blossoms of the season this week, I'm reminded why spring is such a wonderful thing.

Knox to help writers and poets

Book-lovers and writers are in for an exciting time from this weekend onwards, with award-winning Kiwi author Elizabeth Knox visiting Nelson.

Magic in the mountains

Alastair Paulin

Alastair Paulin discovers an action-packed getaway to Ruapehu district doesn't depend on snow - but it does help.

Don't trust 'Dr Google'

health books

Everyone has been guilty of consulting "Dr Google" by typing symptoms into a search engine, but a new initiative aims to connect people with more reliable sources.

Dining at Chateau Bean

Jo Edwards

My husband arrived home from Christchurch with a 25g Bianchetto white truffle in his bag and suggested we invite friends around for dinner to share this treat.

Real-life reno: A smuggler's guide to lighting


Ambient, task and accent oh my! Our reno columnist negotiates the best way to light his home on a budget.

Women who are mad about beer

Vanessa Martin

Brewing beer has been a man's domain for decades, but women are surging back into the role.

Working for a sustainable future

Are you ready for the Big Shift? A big shift is afoot in the business world.

Wine in a can a pleasant surprise

Pacific Open Water Challenge

In recent weeks I have attended two functions where fine-wine importers Dhall and Nash have showcased a range of wines.

Taste the good life

Nelmac Garden Marlborough.


Bookings are open for this year's Garden Marlborough, offering a bounty of garden treats and the usual high standard of horticultural workshops.

Delightful dancing with the stars

REVIEW: This show was a delightful inspiration and a credit to Peta Spooner and her team of helpers, dedicated to presenting a show that every young participant would enjoy.

Drama resonates with our history

Tomorrow night, Chris Green stars in Coaltown Blues, one of Mervyn Thompson's most important plays and a fascinating piece of New Zealand theatre.

Real-life reno: The time a car almost hit our house


Our real-life renovation columnist recalls the first bit of 'demo' work that was done to his doer-upper.

Nelson's best family restaurants

Ugg boots

Elizabeth Bean samples the fare at two of Nelson's most popular family dining spots.

Double hoppy; we're happy


Five exciting, delicious, medal worthy New Zealand Double IPA's - all available in the local supermarket. We got so excited, we bought them all.

Hot from the pot


As we dip into the depths of winter it is not only satisfying to eat soups but making them is equally satisfying.

Real life reno': Location, location

Real life reno

The arrival of a new addition proves there are perks to living next door to the mother-in-law.

Chef makes move from Marlborough

New city bistro set to open next month

Alain Hauswirth

Alain Hauswirth, a main player in Marlborough's hospitality industry, is to open a bistro in Nelson's Morrison Square.

It's not just about books

Stories of wine, laughter and friendship

book club

KIM CHAMBERS - The Nelson Mail

Kim Chambers investigates the book club phenomenon and what really is discussed.

Where to find Nelson's best hot chocolate

hot chocolate

My trusty tasters - Miss 13-year-old, Master 11-year-old and husband (simply old) - have been on a quest to find the best hot chocolate in Nelson.

Real-life reno': Budget blues


What to do when the job tallies up to $150,000 and you only have $100,000? Get 'frugnomical' on it.

The logging effect: Timing crucial

 World of WearableArt judges


When degraded rivers are mentioned, the impact of plantation forestry is often part of the conversation. Is the criticism justified?

Mullet's back, say top hair stylists

Dan Sutherland

Hairdressers are predicting a comeback of the "groovy mullet" after a top of the South Island hairdressing competition.

Let there be light

 Greg Shaw

With the return of Light Nelson just a few days away, Naomi Arnold shines the spotlight on the phenomenon.

For the record ... now the music's over

 Greg Shaw

Nick Ward looks back on four decades of music and memories as iconic Nelson record store Everyman shuts up shop.

From twigs to flourishing flora

 Kevin Judd



Food far too good to waste

Nineteen families in Nelson and Tasman were happy last week to receive a $50 grocery voucher as a reward for completing a kitchen diary, in which they recorded every single item of food and drink that they threw away for one whole week - a big task!

Human nature can't handle the oil truth

Some years ago I watched a television interview in which a pregnant smoker was asked if she was aware of the evidence that smoking during pregnancy could harm her unborn child. She answered that she didn't think smoking could harm her child.

Low-alcohol wine can lower nasty after effects

Anyone who enjoys a little too much wine occasionally will have experienced the nasty after effects of too much alcohol and for people who enjoy a moderate amount of alcohol regularly the effects are more subtle, particularly around the waistline.

Heaphy heaven

 Kevin Judd

SARNIM DEAN - The Marlborough Express

Keen mountainbiker Sarnim Dean tackles the Heaphy Track with a group of friends.

Searching for treasure these July holidays

Taokas Wisdom

There are hundreds of geocaches to be found in and around Nelson, so there is bound to be one close to home.

If the trees could talk . . .

Queen's Gardens comes to life with new app

Mark Carney

If you ever fancied talking with trees, Light Nelson may be your big opportunity, although it might be a bit of a one-sided conversation.

Broods on the bridge to stardom


Two former Garin College students are making waves worldwide as Broods. Naomi Arnold meets the rising stars.

Real-life reno': And so it begins

Street view: The house and some of its 8 off-street parks - if only they had a caravan.

Meet Adam Hicks, who is renovating his 'big blue house' in Nelson but under a seriously tight budget ...

The many joys of reuse shops

Villa Maria

Nelson Reuse & Recycle Centre has operated in Tahunanui since 1992. It is at the entry to the transfer station, and accepts and sells items that might otherwise go to landfill.

Moonshine and balderdash

Villa Maria

Under the full moon, the fragile blooms of my Camellia sasanqua ‘Plantation Pink' looked eerily surreal.

Nelsonians dining out more often

People are going out a little more often but not spending up large, says owner of Harry's Bar.

Science meets art at Light Nelson

Life in the Luminarium

Jacquetta Bell talks to one of the prime drivers behind next month's Light Nelson project.

Passion for the brew may grow from kits

beer awards

There's no shame in using kits or fancy machines to make homebrew. Just be warned that brewing might grow into an obsession.

There's no taste like home

beer awards


After six weeks overseas, I thought about what tastes I would want when I got home and this is what I came up with.

Grassroots garden show blooms

beer awards

Garden Marlborough is a truly grassroots event, dreamt up and organised by gardeners for gardeners.

Chef creates gourmet game from kills

Restaurant serves up freshly shot birds

Grant Dicker

A Nelson chef is offering patrons to bring in their own game bird kill and have it transformed into a gourmet dish.

New beginning for former rest home

Casey Eden

How has Tracey Walker navigated the Joan Whiting Rest Home's transformation into a luxury resort? Naomi Arnold reports.

A legendary rebuild

Casey Eden

Alan Clarke attends the unveiling of a very special car restoration project: the car Bruce McLaren learnt to drive in.

Land of hops and honey

John Duncan, Callum, Matt

OPINION: Nelson is my home, and the craft beer capital of the country. Put two and two together.

Mad about fundraising


NEIL HODGSON - The Nelson Mail

If you are a follower of this column you will know that each year my partner and I help organise a fundraising dinner and auction for the Suter Art Gallery.
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