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... close together, like hedgerows, stretching for hundreds of yards, sometimes across valleys. Sometimes leylandi, sometimes other species. Even very tall eucalyptus. Sometimes one row, sometimes in ranks, to break the wind coming from the southwest. The sun was hot, the sky blue and the clouds small and fluffy as we climbed a pass then went down the Rai Valley. Very wooded and pretty. Stopped briefly for a coffee and ...
... thing during harvest, and it's pretty cool. To be young again, we might have done it all differently had we known about all of these amazing opportunities. One of the WOOFers we met was from Colorado Springs, so that was cool. Later that night, we went to a great German restaurant that had a strangely mis-priced special that included two pints of beer with a pizza for just $2 a pint, which is beyond unheard-of in New Zealand. We also overheard a ...
... in pictures and tin canisters which the owner, named Janet, has been collecting since the 1970s.
After settling into our room we went for a walk, which was more like a mountain hike, to the very top of the hill opposite our B & B where the monument is marked "The Centre of New Zealand". We would become very fit if we climbed that every day!
Later on we walked into town and found a very buzzy Pizza place to dine at. The Pizzas were huge but very ...
After a quick takedown at our campsite we were off on the road again! Next Stop: Wine Tasting by bike in Marlborough, New Zealand's premier wine region. If you have ever had a wine from New Zealand there is a 90% chance it is from this region.
We hopped on fat tire bikes equipped with wine holders and rode through the vineyards. Stopping at 5 different wineries we indulged in New Zealand platters, ...
... was quite a sight seeing the odd small boat here and there beached high and dry on the mud with not a skerrick of water in sight.
We drove on to Blenheim, which is surrounded by huge vineyards, which at this time of year being heavily pruned and ready for sprouting, make for an entertaining drive-by experience where "lines" are visible at a whole range of different angles due to the posts sticking out of the ground. For any of you that studied harmonics ...