To the South Island, NZ

Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

We got up at 5.45am (you what! We're supposed to be on holiday!). Bonnie, bless her, had left us the toaster out so we could have some brekkie before we left, which we did about 6.20am as quietly as we could. We got to the ferry terminal in good time and got loaded up and up on deck by 7.40am. We did a scout around and found a coffee in the bar. Whilst we were settling into our chairs there was an anouncment that there was movies showing. We went to see Enchanted, there were 6 adults and about 20 kids! Acctually the kids were really well behaved.
We exited the film in time to see our entry to the South Island. It was truly magnificent, I used tons of memory on photo's and video (Sarah, I hope you like them). Unfortunately the weather wasn't that great and it was raining when we arrived.

We decided that we would head for Blenheim and stay there for the night, however we didn't want to just go straight there, so we headed East then North to Waikawa where we had lunch at Skippers, (I really enjoyed my lamb salad, but Robert felt a bit ill after his fish & chips) the staff were really friendly.

Back on the road it turned into gravel and was very steep with some very tight corners. It was a slightly scary drive, but the views were really worth it. It took about 2.5 hours and we dropped from the mountains to a huge flat plain which had loads of vines on it.

This is the Marlbough area which is known for it's wines and you fall over winery after winery. There is a company that rents you a push bike and gives you a map of the wineries, you ride between them at your leisure and when you've bought too many bottles or had too many tastes to ride, they came and get you - bargain. Now I know you won't believe this but we didn't do it! (we're going to try and do it on the way back though, hee hee).
When we got to Blenheim we found the Top 10 site, the woman at reception wasn't exactly rude but she came across a bit off (where is this friendly, laid-back Southern hospitality we've heard about?) we pitched the tent and went for a drive, the map said there was a 10 pin bowling in the town. After a while we couldn't find it and asked. It was closed down!! Bugger, so we went to the supermarket to buy stuff for dinner.

We found the cinema and, guess what, saw another movie. Charlie Wilsons War. What a good film. Makes you think and makes you a bit angry and ashamed to be human! Was that a bit strong? Oh well!
Back to the campsite, dinner and bed.
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