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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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TravelPod Member ReviewsStonehaven Homestay Blenheim
John and Paulette make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. We had a great stay here, the food was fabulous and the whole ambiance of the place makes you relax.
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... We are shuttled to the boat, a catamaran, and start heading out to sea. The earlier sailing (the 7:30 departure that we concluded was too early!) had only seen one whale and that was 18 miles out to sea. So we are advised that we have a 45 minute journey to the point the whale was last seen.
Not long after leaving the harbour the swells we were advised about made themselves known. The catamaran, going at pace, would crash over them, violently going up and downs ...
... before diving back down again - lots of time for a photo shoot! During our 2 hour or so cruise we saw 2 sperm whales and around 100 dusky dolphins playing around in the waves of the boat.
After docking we kept up with our running training and ran just over 12 kms along the seafront to the seal colony and back. NZ fur seals were everywhere all over the beach, rocks, board walk, swimming in the murky water and not at all afraid of ...
... a lower sugar content or risk the grapes getting botrytis (a rot that typically occurs in wet conditions). In this case sugar must be added to the ferment to get a high enough alcohol content in the wine.
Another really interesting thing I learned about was wild fermentation. You don't necessarily have to add yeast in order to produce wine. If left alone, wild yeast will do the same job for you. This is known as a wild ferment and ...
... is noteworthy for its amazingly clear river running between steep banks that somehow were both rocky yet quite green with foliage. For those that have seen The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Pelorus River was used to film the river scene in which the dwarves in barrels fight off some Orcs.
The next morning we unhooked our bikes from Linford's derrière and set off on a wine-tasting tour. Blenheim is the unofficial capital of the famous Marlborough region so all of the big ...
... we had a Sauvignon Blanc called TE KOK which they age in oak, unlike their regular Sauvignon Blanc. It had an amazing aromatic nose, a rich creamy taste, and a biscuit/buttery finish. That one is a winner; alas it is not exported to the US.
After finishing the tasting we are off to the Havelock Marina for lunch and the cruise. Lunch at the Slip Inn was every enjoyable with a nice view of the busy harbor at the top of the Mahau Sound. After lunch we boarded a ...