12.02.2012 - 13.02.2012 19 °C
Sunday morning saw us leave Wellington and the North Island behind to make the ferry crossing to Picton on South Island. The ferry had to squeeze through several spectacularly narrow channels as we approached Picton, thankfully the captain wasn't Italian...(sorry Paola)
Another fabulous stay at the Marlborough Vintners Hotel near Blenheim, which, as the name suggests, is in the middle of the wine region. In fact, we had rows of vines just yards from the door of the studio. Taking advantage of the numerous vineyards on the doorstep, we joined a wine tasting trip. We think it was a great afternoon but can't remember much beyond the third winery (hic).
Today we went to the other attraction that Blenheim is famous for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (yes really). With original and replica WW1 planes, uniforms, memorabilia and stories from the period, this has been put together with the support of Peter Jackson (LoTR Director) who apparently provided some special effects (Nail would love it). For those of you who are a bit nervous about flying in modern, hi tech planes, you should see what passed as an airplane 100 years ago!
Travelling down to Kaikoura this afternoon, we have seen fur seals along the coastline, and tried out a crayfish from a roadside caravan - think giant meaty prawns. We've also had a long walk around the peninsula - the views are superb but the feet are aching now.
Finally, I just wanted to wish my sister Caroline a very happy birthday, and to wish my uncle Raymond a happy birthday and retirement, both on the 14th Feb. X