Blogs from Picton, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton April 5th 2014

Absolutely beautiful day. Started off with a short trip to Nelson where we stopped to look at their Saturday morning markets. Then we took the beautiful drive to Picton along the Queen Charlotte Drive. Breathtaking scenery. we had an interesting drive as there was a cyclist race going in the opposite direction to us. We saw all types attempting the hills. We think there was about 500 riders that we passed. Arrived at Picton around 12.00 noon. Have had a lovely afternoon walking around checking out the town. Tonight we had a nostalgic dinner (for me). We went and had a seafood platter. Mum and I had stayed in picton 9 years ago to the day as we had gone out for dinner for her birthday and had her favourite dish on a seafood platter - ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton March 25th 2014

Tuesday 18th It poured with rain all night long and we wake to find the camp site partially flooded. It’s a grey and overcast start to the day. First we visit the Punakaiki blow holes and pancakes. Two rock formations. Unfortunately the tide’s out so the blow holes aren’t very dramatic. We then set out for the day in heavy showers along a very rugged coast line. The scenery is attractive but a bit obscured by the rain ! We next drive through the Buller Gorge along side the Buller river. It’s great scenery of rugged rocks and thick tree covered mountains. Our next stop is at NZ’s longest swing bridge. We cross over and Christine’s a bit nervous as normal. She hates these things. The adventurous ones can come bck on a zip line. We ... read more
NZ's longest swing bridge
Abel Tasman Reserve
Kaiteriteri Bay, Abel Tasman

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton December 27th 2013

Friday 27th December, 2013. Picton, South Island, New Zealand Today was another travelling day as we had to get to Picton in the Marlborough Sounds ready for the cross over to the North Island tomorrow. We headed straight for Havelock (home of the green shelled muscles that D loves so much). We arrived and "had a look at Havelock but there wasn't a lot" so continued on towards our destination. Rather than go the way the HGV's were sent we followed the signs for the Queen Charlotte Drive Scenic Route - which was much shorter. It was very wiggly and up and down but picturesque. The first viewpoint we stopped at overlooked Shakespeare Bay where there was a large ship in the dock either unloading or loading logs at Waimahara Wharf which was opened by Rt ... read more
17. Shakespear Bay. QCS
23. D on Waikawa Beach
31. Ancient Settlement at Karaka Point

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton August 17th 2013

Halloechen, ich bin schon wieder fast zwei Wochen schon unterwegs und habe nicht gemerkt wie die Zeit verflogen ist. Wie schon im vorherigen Eintrag erwaehnt bin ich jetzt mit dem Bus unterwegs. Das Unternehmen heisst Kiwi-Experience (die Neuseelaender nennen sich selbst auch Kiwis) und ist soweit ganz okay. Etwas nervig ist, dass man die ganze Zeit mit Aktivitaeten fuer den naechsten Halt bombardiert wird, welche meist recht kostspielig sind, aber es gibt eigentlich auch immer etwas, das man kostenlos machen kann, oder man kann natuerlich auch einfach gar nichts machen. Das tolle daran wiederum ist, dass ich an jedem Halt auch von dem Bus abspringen kann und einfach einen der naechsten, die alle 2-3 Tage kommen wieder aufspringen kann und meine Reise fortsetzen. Im Bus selber und an den Uebernachtungsstops lernt man unweigerlich viele Leute kennen ... read more
Wanderung zur Cathedrol Cove

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton April 11th 2013

With only a few hours sleep I am actually fairly awake (luckily) and by 9am I am on the bus, waving goodbye to Nelson and heading for Picton, my next stop. The bus retraces the route we came, through the windy Ria valley to Blenheim, from there is it then a fairly flat and scenery wise uninteresting drive to Picton, arriving at midday. The hostel I am staying at, is actually the sister of the one in Nelson…yes that’s right, more chocolate pudding. And has the same lovely chilled and very friendly atmosphere, however this hostel is a lot queiter, with just myself, and one other lady arriving in the evening in the 6 bed dorm….result! I have a lovely afternoon, having a quick scoot round Picton, trying to get my head round the contrast of ... read more


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton January 29th 2013

We are still in Wellington, staying in a lovely airbnb overlooking the bay and the airport! we got up at the crack of dawn to catch the interislander ferry to the South Island which is reputed as being one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. weather conditions were perfect, no wind in windy welly! it was actually hot too, about 30oc. the crossing took 3 hours each way and we had a couple of hours in Picton to have a look around and have our daily picnic on the beach.t is all so beautiful everywhere it is almost surreal. dinner is at Hannah s, on the deck, sipping Marlborough Sauvignon along with sweet Karen! Photos on facebook.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton December 10th 2012

Last night I stayed in Pohara, my intention being to drive to Nelson today. Whilst on the beach last night I thought that the coast to the west looked really pretty. So this morning I drove west (sorry that should be east!!) rather than going straight to Nelson. Wow! What a drive. The road went under a natural tunnel through the rock and from then on I was saying "Wow" out loud at every turn in the road for the next 20km. Every turn gave an amazing view of the ocean. The road clung onto the edge of the hill overlooking the sea. The 1st 10km was tarmac but it had been washed away in several places so was fairly hairy to drive on. About 5km into the drive there was no longer any sign of ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton November 21st 2012

Stayed one night in Picton as we thought it looked good when we arrived on the south island 18 days ago. This town is the ferry terminal and it has shops, hotels and restaurants so perfect for our last night in the south. On the way over from Westport, a drive of 4 hours we passed through Renwick in the Marlborough region. Of course we could not go by without visiting another winery and this time we chose a favourite of ours as drunk back home. Spy Mountain produces a wonderful savignon blanc as well as a few other varieties and is highly acclaimed by the wine writers (available only in Waitrose or Majestic). Reasonably smooth crossing to the north island although Sue wished she had taken the last of the special pills. Driving north we ... read more
Leaving Picton
Mt. Tongariro
Still smoking

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton November 8th 2012

Samstag, 03.Oktober 2012 Picton: Ein Besuch in Blenheim Für heute versprachen uns die Wetterfrösche einen trüben und verregneten Tag und weil solche Versprechungen meist eintreffen, beschliesst das Comitée: Heute gibt es nur einen Besuch in Blenheim, der Weinmetropole im Marlborough Sound Gebiet. Dass ein solcher Stadtbummel nicht nur aus Windowshopping bestehen kann, ist ja wohl allen klar, und so überlegen wir uns, was wir noch an Kleidern benötigen. Wir ( Rolf und ich )sind ja die ganze Zeit schon neidisch auf Willi’s tolle Wanderhosen und so liegt es nahe, dass solche Hosen auf unserer Einkaufsliste zuoberst stehen. Die Fahrt nach Blenheim dauert nur 20 Minuten. Unterwegs entdecken wir viele, uns bekannte Weingüter. MATUA unser bevorzugter Sauvignon Blanc liegt direkt am Weg. Endlich wissen wir, wo unser Lieblingswein angebaut wird. Proscht, zem Wool..... Bl... read more
Wollen mer ihn neilasse?

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton November 8th 2012

Sonntag, 04. Oktober 2012 Picton: Eine abenteuerliche Fahrt auf der Küstenstrasse entlang der Cloudy Bay. Sonntag Morgen und ein unglaublich blauer Himmel. Ein gemütliches Frühstück und ein Abenteuer vor uns. Obwohl wir an einem Sonntag eine Autofahrt machen, ist Rolf bestimmt kein Sonntagsfahrer. Es ist beeindruckend, wie er mit dem grossen Van, beinahe ein Bus, umzugehen weiss. Mit dem Linksverkehr hat er absolut kein Problem und so steigen wir voller Vertrauen in das Auto, obwohl wir wissen, dass der grösste Teil der Strecke nicht asphaltiert ist und es unglaublich uneben in den vielen, vielen und noch mehr Kurven, ist. Da gibt es oft bis zu einem Meter Höhenunterschiede vom Innenradius zum äusseren Wegrand. In Basel ist ja Herbstmesse und ich brauche keine teuren Bahnen, um das seltsam flaue, Appetit tötende Gefühl im Magen zu bekommen. Oi,oi- ... read more
Schmale Schlängelstrasse - twisty road
An der Oister Bay
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