Bay of Many Coves, New Zealand

Trip Start Mar 24, 2013
Trip End Jul 07, 2013

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Flag of New Zealand  , Marlborough,
Monday, May 6, 2013

5th to 8th May 2013

So we are in the water taxi going to the bay of many coves, as I said in the previous blog there are no roads here, there are houses dotted here and there each with their own jetty, it's a pretty isolated place but ultra cool. I can't help but wonder what happens if you need say some urgent toilet roll its a hell of a round trip to the supermarket.

If you ever want to feel like a celebrity you need to come here, as the water taxi slows you can see the villas built on the side of the mountain, the jetty comes into view and the staff are standing at the end waiting for you. There are only 11 villas, some 1 bed and some 2 bed which means there are only ever a maximum of 32 guests, however this is quiet season so we are the only guests, that means the two of us are being waited on by nine people from now on I shall call them our entourage. There is no checkin procedure here, likewise there is no bill at the end of a meal, everything is taken care of on a first name basis, We have stayed at some amazing hotels over the years but this is really up there, it has the best views you have ever seen and the food is of Michelin star quality, Words really can't describe how amazing this place is.

For me this is a type of place I would normally try to avoid, it's totally secluded, quiet etc etc, but there is so much to do here we have got boats, paddle boards and kayaks we can use whenever we want, a swimming pool and hot tub, there are lots of walking tracks around the mountains and if all else fails we have the restaurant on the water front. So why waste time having stared at our villa in amazement we head down to the jetty and grab a couple of kayaks, the water is crystal clear and the sea bed is full of star fish, sea urchins and Mussels. How awkward is this, we arrive for dinner at the restaurant, the matradee greets us and shows us to our table, our order is taken by our waitress and our food is cooked by at least two chef's, but we are the only two guests, they have literally been waiting all evening for us to arrive, I must say that the food was out of this world.

We woke to grey cloud and rain, so we literally spent the whole day drinking wine looking out across the bay, however it did clear in the evening allowing us to sit in the hot tub and watch the stars, my god can you see lots of them down here.

Another morning, still a bit cloudy but warmer and dry, after breakfast we decided we should do a couple of the walks, first up a forty minute return trip to a waterfall, as we are about to set off the resident dog called Merlot spots Anna picking up a walking pole and decides to tag along, well guide us as I'm guessing he does these walks a lot, it's an easy walk with some great views and the waterfall is pretty cool, so having got back in one piece we decided to tackle a bigger walk up to a lookout point an hour and a half up the mountain. Merlot again led the way but this time I think he got bored with the pace and disappeared, we started strong but as it got steeper the going got tough, every now and then Merlot would come bounding back to show us how easy it was. After around thirty minutes of hiking for me it was no longer a walk but an epic challenge I was dripping with sweat but determined and I wasn't going to let a four legged mutt take the piss out of me, Anna on the other hand errr Fucked! She was the most miserable looking person I have ever seen, I was expecting lazer beams to shoot out of her eyes and zap me in the arse (if you don't believe me check out the pic). Eventually we arrived at the top, totally worth it, the most spectacular views ever even Anna had stopped swearing long enough to appreciate them, Merlot just took a mammoth piss!

After arriving back down from the summit feeling like we had conquered something I spotted a new challenge, across the other side of the bay are some rocks and we had been told that a couple of seals live on these rocks, neither of us have ever seen seals in the wild so I decided we should kayak across, it's only about two kilometres how hard could it be? Turns out bloody hard, the water was a little choppy so we took out a two person kayak, that way me being all big and strong could sit in the back and provide the thrust while Anna concentrated on the steering, I didn't realise but it turned out that Anna had turned into the Queen and was unable to carry out any tasks herself, she was more than helpful at barking out orders though. Eventually we made it across the bay, my lungs felt like a couple of flame throwers, my hands covered in blisters, life was draining from me but then her majesty up front shouted look and to my amazement a seal had poked his head up next to our kayak and another was sunning himself on the rocks, we watched the seals for ten minutes before her majesty decided the temperature was no longer to her liking and I was ordered to paddle back. After what seemed like an eternity against the current we got to within a couple of hundred meters of the hotel jetty and noticed a couple of the staff were watching us, at this point Anna decided to help out and dipped her paddle in a couple of times I guess to show she could if she wanted to, on climbing out of the kayak I expected a knight hood but all I got was a bollocking as apparently I took to long to get back and her majesty was cold.

Checkout day today and guess what the sun is shining, typical, after a lazy breakfast overlooking the bay we said our goodbyes to Merlot and headed back to Picton in the water taxi. I cannot stress how amazing the Bay of Many Coves is, I would do anything to get back here one day, apart from kayak here I've had enough of that.

Sam & Anna xx
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Linda Stevens on

One of your funniest blogs yet sammy .....I don't think a knighthood is imminent yet however! The photos and bay of many coves looked amazing however glad you had the company of Merlot he looked lovely. Won't keep you long as I know you must have other duties to do!

Ruthie on

Sammy, don't make out you worked hard to build up a sweat.
You broke into a waterfall of sweat just paddling across the pond at Center Parcs!
Still, it's great to read that you're still Annie's bitch half way across the world. I guess somethings just don't change. Who would have thought we're sisters, right?
Miss you lots like jelly tots xxxxxxxx

Amy Simmons on

Glad you're keeping Sammy in check! Miss you guys x

kerry on

what a gorgeous place. glad anna made you row.....x

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