Blenheim Palms Motel
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LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD WHERE THE SUN RISES FIRST
One of the best things about New Zealand is that, with a land area about the size of Colorado, it is home to only 4 million people. About 80% are Pakeh (Europeans in Maori). Most are English, Irish or Scots. Hence the 3 main religions - Anglican, Presbyterian, and Catholic.
Arrived in Blenheim (still miserable weather) and Edna and I headed straight to Louise and Craig's house, and what a beautiful house it is. It is so good to see them and the kids and they are all doing grand. Made to feel so welcome in her home and in true Louise style she has done all our washing and ironing!! What is she like!! Craig got his Mum …
... down a narrow drive between two beach side properties. We were met by the owner, Deb. The Nagles had warned us that she liked to chat....... and they were right. It took us over 20 minutes to check in, as we received a full briefing on the various walks, activities and eating places that Kaikoura offered. She even phoned to make an alternative reservation for the whale watching for Monday in case the following day's trip ...
... wine in paper and one good bottle, charge $15 a bottle and you get what you choose - sounds simple enough. To the woman's absolute horror and dismay the young Englishman in the singlet, who at this point was walking and talking with a sort of wobble, was the man that ruined the game by choosing the bottle which turned out to be the delicious $45 prize winning wine which they only make on the very best years! I was absolutely chuffed but the woman looked as if she wanted ...
... and set out for a winery tour on a blazingly sunny day. This time, unlike Argentina, it was NZ's white wines that took centre stage. We had a fantastic day touring around, including sitting in Cloudy Bay's nicely landscaped garden on beanbags for some time, trying fizzy Sauvignon Blanc at Allan Scott, trying the closest to proper beer we've had in NZ at Moa Brewery (including a 10% stout - nice of ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking