Cosy Nook, New Zealand

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Comments (14)

bdeh on May 18, 2010

Great picture and thanks for the information Ian. Greetings Berend

Peacebuilders Intern… on May 19, 2010

Welcome to Mullet Bay

Once upon a time, this bay was rich in mullet, crayfish, cod, and abalone (paua). Muttonbirds lived here and the native bush came down to the beach. During the 1950s, there were 6 or 7 fishing boats that worked from here.

During the 19th Century, when Captain George Thomson, a harbour master at Bluff, retired, he lived in a house near here which he called 'Cosy Nook'. The name has stuck and now Mullet Bay (pictured) is called Cosy Nook by the visitors that find there way here, directed by the maps on which Cosy Cove is but an interesting notation.

The local residents point out that it should be called Mullet Cove. But since they and their antecedent fishermen have fished out most of the mullet perhaps it is better to call it Cosy Nook after all.

The shacks or cribs that sit behind the spur and cuddle cosily around the southern side of the bay, make this location a picturesque place - waiting for film crew to make it a location!

The shacks are owned but there is no title to the land on which they sit. They were built years ago before there were councils that worried and regulated building codes. Don't hurry here to retire. The dwellings cannot be enlarged, and no more may be built for now we have regulations.

Greetings from Cosy Nook!

Geerten on May 19, 2010

well, if there is a cosy nook,.. this is it. nice spot.


Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2010

Dear Geerten and Berend,

You two who love herring, would very much enjoy a holiday in a cosy place like this with the sound, smell and ocean airs all around...and the hills to protect you from the cold SW blasts in winter.

Thanks for your appreciative visits. Ian

Nick Weall on May 19, 2010

Looks like a good plaice for fishermen Ian and many thanks for the great narrative ~ all the very best to you ~ nick

Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2010

It was certainly a great place for a photographer who enjoys fishing environments, Nick. As mentioned, the fishermen have overdone it - by all reports and evidence.

Warmest regards,


sugarbag1 on May 20, 2010

What a fantastic place it is there Ian. And I must congratulate you of your information telling uis all all about the history of this place.You tell it so well too and with a little humour in your story telling. Kind Regards, David

Peacebuilders Intern… on May 20, 2010

Thank you David. I am pleased that you appreciate the information as well. There must be some cosy nooks around the Albany coast, too.

Best wishes,


Sigurtor Holm on May 20, 2010

nice place

Ian Stehbens on May 21, 2010

Of course it is a nice place, especially if you have a boat and love exploring coasts! Spring greetings, Sig. Soon be time for you to dust off and head out in a boat again.


Ge Ko on May 23, 2010

Ian, very nice, this point of view and the presentation of the recovery of the fishing boats!

Have a carefree time,

Ge Ko

Peacebuilders Intern… on May 24, 2010

Thank you Ge Ko. Nice to see you in your profile image, too. This cosy nook on the South Island coast has seen its day as a fisherman's place of action! And the travelling tourists drive in and then they drive out. Most don't even stop to take photos!

I loved it. I scampered around the hills. I wandered the algae strewn gravely beaches. I sat on the rocks. I photographed the kelp. And only one local, a retired Australian was at home in his cottage!

All the best.


kevin mcvay on May 26, 2010

What a beautiful place and such a good photograph too. Well done. Best wishes from shalom57

Ian Stehbens on May 26, 2010

Greetings again shalom57. I really appreciate both you photography , your critiques and your visits.



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