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  • Day272

    Marlborough wine tasting territory.

    February 20, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    We drove the short journey from Smiths Farm Holiday Park to Blenheim, stopping twice en route. The first stop was at the Vines Craft village, where there was the most amazing quilting shop. Needless to say Karen spent ages in there, and came out having bought a kit to make a memories of NZ panel, featuring wildlife and scenery of the island. Another project to be added to the pile!!!!! Next stop a boutique chocolate factory, where we tasted and bought very expensive chocolate. Then onto our campsite for the night, the closest we could find to the winery we had booked into.
    We decided to take a taxi to Brancott Estate winery, as we were going to have a glass or two, it being Karen's 60th birthday celebration meal out. We were not disappointed!!!! Kim looked after us at the winery, spending 50 minutes talking about the vineyard, it's history and the variety of grapes growing there. In between we tasted 6 different wines, all very good. We had booked a meal there in the restaurant which overlooks the Marlborough valleys - absolutely stunning views. Our meal was excellent, all washed down with glasses of very good wine.
    A fabulous day out!!
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    Georgie Peirce

    A NZ sauv blanc tasting!!!! I’m sooo jealous!

    Elaine Beck

    Glad to see you are doing lots of research while you are there ; o)

    Marion Steel

    Lovely thoughtful portrait of the birthday girl!

  • Day199

    Dolphin Encounter

    December 19, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 64 °F

    Yesterday I wandered around town for a while, then called it an early night. My alarm went off at 04:15 so I could finish packing and walk to the Dolphin Encounter tour office. So I could go swimming with Dusky dolphins!!!!

    It was incredible. The first of three pods we dove in with were feeding on schools of fish, which is unusual to see during the day. They numbered about 100! I went in with my waterproof camera and got some amazing pics and a video. They were so close! One looked me dead in the eye as I spun around while he/she circled me. I could see the intelligence studying me. It was truly tear worthy and one of the best animal activities I've ever done. After we changed into dry clothes, we found another pod and took above water pics of them jumping and splashing around. It looked like they were having a lot of fun. I know I was!

    We got back at 09:00, which is when the bus was supposed to leave, but since there were six of us, the driver picked us up from there. Really cool.

    We've been on the road ever since and passed by NZ's largest seal colony that stretches 4-5 kilometers along the coast. It's pup season and there were so many very little ones. I hope you can spot some in the video.

    Now, we have just arrived in Blenheim (pronounced blen-um). Our final destination today is Wellington, which means we'll be on the ferry crossing Cook Strait this afternoon. Fingers crossed we see orcas or bottle-nosed dolphins!

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the DOLPHINS!! ✌️

    P.S.: Our tour guide finished our boat trip with the following quote, which is from the same book I took my sign off line, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

    "On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.” 
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    Daniel Soha

    Missing the dirty girl, huh?

  • Day177

    Aviation Museum & Wine Tour Blenheim

    July 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    This morning we went to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. The museum had Sir Peter Jackson’s personal collection of WW1 aircraft and artefacts. Some scenes we saw of the aircraft recreated an incident that actually happened in the war. The detail was incredible.
    There was personal items belonging to national flying heroes such as the USA’s Eddie Rickenbacker, France’s René Fonck and Germany’s Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen and the infamous Hermann Goering.

    In the afternoon we did a wine tasting tour. It was just the four of us on the tour. We first went to Rock Ferry a small organic vineyard. We tried 5 different wines here. The first was a 2014 Riesling. Ashleigh enjoyed it but I didn't like the acidity aftertaste. We next had a 2019 sauvignon blanc. I enjoyed it, it was fruity, fresh and crisp. I also liked the 2016 pinot noir. I don't normally drink read but this was light and fruity. Unfortunately they don't sell there wine in shops only online.

    The next vineyard we went to was the famous Cloudy Bay. Their Sauvignon blanc was one of the best I've had. We tried a few other wines but this one stood out to me.

    The last vineyard we went to was Whitehaven. Whitehaven is a family owned business. We enjoyed our wine tasting here. Our favourite was their desert wine. It had lots of flavours and not too sweet.

    The wine tour also included going to Makana chocolate factory. You could smell the sweet chocolate as soon as you walked through the door. We could see them making the chocolate through the window. We tried butter chocolate crunch Macadamia and it was delicious. I had to buy some even though it was slightly expensive!
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  • Day247


    February 5, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    After kicking Soak out of the campervan (I stopped first 😉), I decided to back track some of the roads north. I took the Lewis Pass back over the Southern Alps, then turned off the previous road to stop off at Nelson Lakes National Park. What a beautiful, secluded place. With kiwis, too!

    After a quick.stop, I continued north to Blenheim where I parked the van overnight in the Visitors Center across from a 24-hour Mobil petrol station.

    I was wide awake at 03:30 with a horribly painful earache. I thought it was just my earbuds or sinus congestion from a little coughing over the past few days, but nope. I drove to an Urgent Care center and waited for them to open at 8. I have an ear infection outside but affecting my eardrum.

    Now, I'm sitting in the campervan outside the store where I filled my prescription for ear drops and purchased over-the-counter head/chest decongestant, but I'm really worried about flying to Fiji on Friday. [First World problems, right?😁] Don't worry, Mom! I'm sure it'll be fine by then.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day207

    Marlborough region

    April 1, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    There was one day we spent in France a few years ago, in a small town called Tain L'Hermitage in the Rhone Valley, that was close to perfect (go there if you are ever nearby). Today came close to that...

    We left Nelson this morning and drove to the Marlborough region. Our first stop was Havelock, where we stopped at Cullen Point (thought of you Katherine!) and walked up to the viewpoint where we could see across Pelorus Sound, a beautiful view. Havelock calls itself "The mussel capital of NZ", so we couldn't resist the restaurant called The Mussel Pot for lunch. We all shared a mussel platter, with green-lipped mussels cooked a number of different ways, plus chips - delicious, especially washed down with a glass of local sauvignon blanc.

    We then drove on to Blenheim, the "capital" of the Marlborough region, where we're staying for a couple of nights. We arrived mid-afternoon, so we decided to visit one of the many wineries on the way to our motel. One of the first wineries we passed was the iconic Cloudy Bay - we called in and saw the vines, full of grapes ready to be harvested, and fittingly the sky was indeed cloudy! We indulged in a wine tasting experience there, where we got to taste 9 different wines in all and we treated ourselves to a couple of bottles (including a Pelorus fizz, named after the Sound we saw earlier today). It was a great experience, even if we did blow the budget there! Afterwards we called into an artisan chocolate shop and got some free samples to taste. We then spent the evening relaxing in our surprisingly spacious motel room and planning our last few days here in the South Island before we get the ferry across to the North Island. And to top it all off, the clocks go back an hour here tonight, so we get an extra hour in bed (Solana permitting!).
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    Sue Jones

    Loving those cartoon mussels 😀😀😀 x

    Jennifer Bieda

    Wow! Looks so tasty 😋


    Such a beautiful region (and the wine makes it even better!). Make the most of the rest of your time here.

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  • Day255

    Auf nach Blenheim

    September 16, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute ging es dann weiter nach Blenheim. Die 1,5 Wochen bei der Familie sind auch schon wieder rum.

    Vorher jedoch besuchte ich noch das Classical Car Museum in Nelson.
    In diesem Museum gibt es zudem eine andere Ausstellung mit völlig absurden Kleidern für die Frau. Ich kann es nur so beschreiben: der Schmarrn was auf den großen Modeschauen präsentiert wird gemixt mit ordentlich LSD😁

    In Blenheim bleibe ich nun erstmal in einem Hostel und will hier Arbeit finden.

    Die Aline, sie hatte ich in der Lodge kennengelernt , und ich teilen uns ein Zimmer und hoffen gemeinsam auf nen job.

    Wir werden sehen😃
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    Jan Hinkelbein

    Bei dem Namen dachte ich erst an eine deutsche "Enklave" 😄

    Patrick Meusel


    Petra Bätz

    und wo sind die Bilder von den Kleidern?? 😉😉Die hätte ich gerne gesehen!😃😃

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  • Day261

    Der Palettenflüsterer

    September 22, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    In der vergangenen Woche war einiges los.

    So richtig rund ging es ab Donnerstag. Früh hatte ich für 2 Stunden eine kleine Arbeit, und belud einen Container mit Weinkartons. Da dachte ich mir schon, dass es jetzt dann losgeht und dies der Start von mehr wäre.

    Meine gute Laune wurde vernichtet als ich erfuhr das ich mal wieder mein fahrendes Sparschwein weiter auffüllen muss um den Tüv hier zu bestehen.

    Am Nachmittag hatte ich dann jedoch einen Job gefunden, in dem ich Paletten mit einer Nagelpistole zusammen bastel. Nichts aufregendes und stur das Selbe aber ein Job💪🏿

    Nicht das mich die erneute Autoreparatur dadurch weniger nervt, aber so ist es immerhin nicht ganz so schlimm.

    Am Samstag war Alines Geburtstag und diesen haben wir mit einem guten Frühstück und einer Weinprobiertour am Nachmittag verbracht. Ich werde noch zum Weisweinliebhaber.

    Nun, das Ergebnis kann man sehen. Der Riesling Spätlese ist der Wahnsinn 😍

    Zum Schluss besuchten wir noch kurz eine hiesige Schokoladenfabrik, wo man der Produktion direkt über die Schulter schauen kann.

    Und wenn schon denn schon. Also sind wir abends auch noch Essen gegangen, und haben uns das Rugbyspiel Neuseeland gegen Südafrika bei der WM in Japan angesehen. 23-20 (oder so ähnlich) für Neuseeland 💪🏿
    Die Stimmung war gut.

    Heute hab ich dann noch das Hostel gewechselt, da im vorherigen das Wlan quasi nicht vorhanden war und ich von hier zur Arbeit laufen kann.
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    Jan Hinkelbein

    Sieht toll aus und du schaust auch super aus 😘. Mit dem Palettennageln hast du einen Teil deiner alten Arbeit integriert 😁

    Patrick Meusel

    Danke😅😃 Immerhin war das dann alles für was gut mit dem alten job😂😂

    Jan Hinkelbein

    Die Nagelpistole im alten Job hätte tödlich ausgehen können 😂

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  • Day180

    Ab heute zu zweit

    July 3, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    In Wellington hatte ich eine Frau aus Frankreich kennengelernt, und da ich momentan noch keine rechte Lust auf einen neuen Job habe, und wusste dass sie jetzt noch 3 Wochen die Südinsel bereist, hatte ich gefragt ob sie nicht gemeinsam reisen wolle.

    Und nun sind wir auch schon unterwegs.

    Am wohl regenreichsten Tag seit ich hier bin in einer der sonnigsten Regionen Neuseelands.
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    Jan Hinkelbein

    Ach schön!!! Mit zwei Autos oder in Bert?

    Patrick Meusel

    Beide im Bert 😁

  • Day26

    Kostenloses Event? Sind dabei :)

    March 6, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Nach einem wunderschönen Sonnenaufgang geht es früh vom hoch auf dem Berg gelegenen Stellplatz, dem unendlich tiefen und stinkenden Plumpsklo (Höllenschlund) 💩 und den noch schlafenden Wespen 🐝 entronnen wieder auf den Serpentinen. ⛰

    Wir stapfen direkt in die Touristen-Info von den Nelson Lakes, die allerhand über Natur und feindliche (tierische) Eindringliche zu berichten wissen 🐀 . Wir machen uns gerade auf ein paar Meter um den großen See zu wandern, da stolpern wir unverhoffter Weise (und ohne Eintritt bezahlt zu haben) auf das alljährliche Oldtimer Boat Festival, wo Himmel und Menschen und vor allem alte, herausgeputzte Boote zu bestaunen sind. Wir geben uns dem Spektakel eine Weile hin und bestaunen die knatternden und teilweise eher keuchenden ehrwürdigen Boote 🚤 Die Sonne brennt und die Sonnencreme ist im Auto. Also schnell zurück, noch Wasser aufgefüllt und Wasser gelassen und auf gehts nach Blenheim.

    Dort wollen wir schnurstracks das nächste kostenlose Event mitnehmen: das „Marlborough Multicultural Festival“ ⛩🕍🗽 Hier zeigen sich querbeet die Länder die einen Repräsentanten finden konnten, mit ihren kulinarischen Spezialitäten und traditionellen Tänzen. Ziemlich nett, aber auch schnell gesehen die 30 Zelte/ Buden auf dem halben Fußballplatz einer Schule.

    Nächsten Tag geht es zum nächsten „Event“ dem Farmers Market von Blenheim. 🧑🏼‍🌾 Eher ein gewöhnlicher Sonntagsmarkt, aber mit erstaunlich lockerer und fröhlicher Stimmung sowie durchaus unterdurchschnittlich jungem Publikum. Ein Maori sang, ältere Damen verkauften ihre Marmeladen und Babyziegen liefen umher. 🐐 Wir gönnten uns noch mehr Gemüse und Obst zu unserer ohnehin schon aufgefallend gesunden Camper-Ernährung (abzüglich des abendlichen Drinks 🍹) und machten uns auf zur nächsten Bucht

    Dort geht es zum Sonntagsworkout uns auf eine „kleine“ Wanderung 🚶‍♂️ 🚶🏼‍♀️ , die eher drei Stunden HIIT ähnelt. 💪 Noch schnell in die merklich kälteren Fluten (in Gegensatz zum Norden) und unter die kalten Duschen, bevor es auf den kostenlosen Campingplatz geht auf dem wir schon an unserer ersten Abend auf der Südinsel genächtigt haben. 😴

    Nächsten Tag soll es regen, was bitter für die Natur bitter nötig ist. Wir haben jedoch Glück und es gibt die zweite Runde Pancakes auf einer öffentlichen BBQ-Station 🥞 .

    Danach erklären wir den Montag zum Waschtag und es geht erneut mit vielen anderen Campern in den Laundromat (Waschsalon). 🧽 Es gibt meinst nahegelegenes Internet, jedoch ist es ebenso witzig die ziemlich unbeholfenen frischen Abi-Abgänger planlos vor einer Waschmaschine stehen zu sehen 🤣 Wir schlendern danach noch kurz durch Blenheim und dinieren am Auto mit Meerblick 🤩
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    Andrea Jäger

    Bleibt gesund und munter und genießt euer Abenteuer in dieser verrückten Zeit!

  • Day14

    South Island and new friends!

    October 25, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The cruise through the Cook Strait was beautiful with clear blue skies and a very calm sea. We had read that this crossing can be quite treacherous and uncomfortable (Janet and John can testify to this) but not today. The ship was busy as this is Labour weekend in NZ with Monday being a bank holiday.
    It’s a funny old world. When we first got on board the ship we found a couple of seats and plonked ourselves down. A few moments later another couple asked if the seats opposite us were taken to which we said no and they sat down. After a brief introduction found out they were Jim and Sue from England and in fact from Reigate not fifteen miles away from us. So where are you going to? Marlborough same as us. Where are you staying? Marlborough Vintners, same as us also for two nights. They were being collected from Picton and driven to the hotel whereas we were picking up our rental car and driving ourselves.
    When we arrived in Picton we saw this huge cruise ship the same one that was in Wellington the previous day. There was quite a lengthy queue to collect the car and this was due to it being a Bank Holiday weekend and the cruise ship. We were told that the number of passengers and crew on the ship exceeded the population of Picton!
    Once we had the car it was a thirty minute drive down to our hotel. The scenery and views here are spectacular. The Marlborough area is the principal area in NZ for wine particularly Sauvignon Blanc and there are many estates with names we are familiar with. Checked into the hotel which has about twenty self contained apartments and drove round to ours where we were greeted by our neighbours - Jim and Sue! They are in the apartment next door.
    We have a lot of space in this apartment so are able to get everything unpacked and Jane was able to catch up on the washing before we popped over the road to the Whitehaven estate to taste the Sauvignon Blanc - when in Rome etc...
    They have an excellent restaurant here and we were joined by Jim and Sue with the major topic of conversation being where are we going to watch the rugby. The hotel has a small bar but no TV so we finished up all coming back to our room to watch it. In the days leading up to the match there was a lot of confidence here that the All Blacks were going to win whilst recognising that England were a good team. Their view was that if they played as well against England as they had against Ireland it would be a comfortable victory - not so!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Blenheim, BHE, ブレナム, 블레넘, Бленем, بلینہائم، نیوزی لینڈ, 布倫亨