Okiwa Bay Lodge
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Following the cancellation of all whale watching trips yesterday due to the dreadful weather, we were booked on for this morning - weather permitting.
Up at 7, quick breakfast, and down to the Kaikoura Whale Watch centre to see if the trip was running. It was - and I was so glad I had put the anti-seasickness patch behind …
We had a very comfortable night's stay at The Fat Cod in Picton, surprisingly so, given that it was an uninspiring place by daylight - right next door to a railway freight yard and looking rather like a Portakabin. Still, it was a launching post for a beautifully scenic drive around the Queen Elizabeth Sound and coast road, from Picton to Nelson, via Havelock. We stopped at roughly every third or fourth lookout point, restraining ...
... to get back on the road and start making our way back down south. We had decided to spend our final couple of days relaxing in a place called hanmer springs – an alpine village famous for its hot springs. 5 hours and a lot of windy roads later we were checked into a campsite by someone who seemed to be a customer of Heisenberg! It had been a fantastic day and we all relaxed at the campsite and chatted about the great time we had had up in Marlborough ...
... Baileys slushies at Seumus’ Irish Bar here are to be recommended – Baileys and Irish Whiskey frozen into a slushie. They are just
too drinkable!. Bit of a problem with the pub though …. It has a new American
owner who has no great understanding of what it takes to run an Irish Bar. He
does n’t seem to understand that you must talk to the customers….. he prefers
to wipe tables with a cloth that he hangs from his back pocket ...
... but we loved the view of miles and miles of grape vines stretching in neat straight lines. We stopped in Kaikoura and just enjoyed sitting at the beach enjoying the stunning scenery of the ocean, mountains, green valleys... We might have seen the whales in the distance, but it was hard to tell. well, let's say we did. :-) We also got ourselves hats - black captain's one for Viv and cool blue straw hat for me. We both ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free parking