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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim April 23rd 2018

We spent all day Saturday (21st) travelling. We were up at 3.45am to be at the airport by 4.45am, the obligatory three hours before an international flight! Thank you Kerry for dropping us at Tullamarine in the middle of the night. We had to fly via Auckland because Qantas changed the flight to Christchurch so that it wasn’t going to arrive in Christchurch until after the flight to Nelson departs. That was no good for us because we really didn’t want to spend a night in transit - we just wanted to get from Melbourne to Nelson in one day. We had a couple of hours to kill at Auckland Airport and then we were able to complete our journey on a little plane - with propellers! - arriving in Richmond in time for dinner. After ... read more
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Morane Saulnier BB

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim March 17th 2018

Saturday is, of course, parkrun day. We have to set off at 6 am to make it to Lower Hutt in time. The route is out and back along the River Hutt. The course description states that “on a calm day this will be a fast and scenic course”. Luckily it is a calm day and it is indeed a scenic course. I don’t feel qualified to comment on whether it’s fast. It features a split start with the faster runners running along the riverside, while the slower runners start at the top of the river bank and run down to join the riverside further on. A bit of a rolling start for us oldies and fatties. I finish 30 seconds behind the old man. I can see him in front of me but I can’t ... read more
Lower Hutt parkrun
Lower Hutt parkrun
Te Papa

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim January 11th 2017

Our last night on the South Island. We are booked on the 9 am ferry tomorrow. The drive from Greymouth to Blenheim was good. It was amazing you could feel the air change and the heat rise, then the vineyards started, mile after mile. Just before Blenheim we saw a sign, Clifford Bay 6 for $50! Was driving too fast to stop so we had to go back the next morning. Got set up in the Holiday Park, went for a walk and checked out the area. I found a cheap dress, I swear I'm the only woman in the country in shorts. Tuesday we did the laundry and instead of using the dryer, we hung out clothes out on the line, everyone here does it. Was a bit windy so a little challenge but the ... read more
Clifford Bay vineyard
6 pack of wine

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim December 19th 2016

Hola amigos, aqui intentare contaros mas sobre como estoy viviendo este viaje que empezo el 23 de Octubre desde Frankfurt hasta Blenheim, Nueva Zelanda, llegando por avion a Wellington y pasando mis primeros dias en Paraparaumu. En una semana hago ya 2 meses. El tiempo pasa volando sin haber hecho un gran que y tampoco disfrutando al maximo. De hecho mis comienzos y presente no estan yendo lo bien que esperaba. No he tenido suerte con la vida de backpacker y trabajando en farms. Una porque ha llovido mas de lo que se esperaba aunque no es una razon fuerte, el primer trabajo era estable, en los campos de manzanos haciendo "thinning". No era lo mio. A mi las alturas como que no y no conseguia ser mucho mas rapido que al principio. Me pasaba mucha ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim August 13th 2016

Sitting in the capital of Sav Blanc country, Blenheim; and Aussie wines in the supermarket are cheaper, not sure what is going on! The major supermarket chains of Coundown and New World sell alcohol in Canterbury and Marlborough, oh so handy to pick up your chops and potatoes and a vino to go with it.Today we travelled from Kaikoura to Blenheim, less than 200kms but very scenic. Along the coast initially, turquoise blue waters, with a milky shallow section, stony beaches, seals along the roadside and snow capped mountain.This scenery changed once we left Canterbury to Marlborough's rolling hills full of vineyards and of course sheep and newly born lambs.Lunch today was at The Store which is a restaurant north of Kaikoura, on its on, on the right side of road going north. Perched right on ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim April 27th 2016

The ferry ride from Wellington to Picton was rough, but as soon as we entered Marlborough Sounds, the views were nothing short of amazing. Hills rose directly out of the water and rolled across and into each other. I spent my time on top of the boat taking pictures and on the bow of the boat sitting at a table with two nice old ladies who invited me to stay with them if I'm ever on their part of the North Island. When we landed in Picton, a very bus driver allowed me onto his bus, despite my not having a reservation, and we drove about 30 minutes down to Blenheim where he dropped me off at the train station and Becky picked me up to take me home. Home. Home is a place where I ... read more
My Boy Cole!!
Withers Hill
Geographical Center of New Zealand Overlooking Nelson

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim February 22nd 2016

Getting up bright and early we kicked off our first day in Blenheim with a Highlights wine tour, a locally owned wine and vineyard tour of the Marlborough wine region. Marlborough is one of the main and better wine regions in New Zealand so it seemed only proper, being the wine fans that we are, that we devoted a good hunk of our time here to see (and drink) as much as possible. Starting off with a scheduled wine tour on our first day seemed the best way to go. The sun was shining, the degrees were high so it was the perfect day to cruise round some vineyards and sip on some cold Sauvignon which is what the region is famous for. The guide Dave was fab, he was so accomodating to our preferences and ... read more
Cloudy Bay Vineyard
Starting with Prossecco, tasting at Cloudy Bay
Cloudy Bay Vineyard

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim December 15th 2015

Par Béné : Après plusieurs jours passés à Wellington, nous embarquons sur le ferry à 8h avec notre Eden. Malheureusement, il ne fait pas beau ce jour-là, et la mer est un peu mouvementée… On est bien contents d’arriver (surtout moi qui, bizarrement, commençait à ressentir un léger mal de mer…) ! A midi, le vendredi 27 Novembre, nous débarquons donc à la conquête de cette nouvelle île, nouvelle étape dans notre voyage ! Le temps ne sera pas avec nous pour ce premier jour, nous découvrons donc la petite ville de Picton sous le gris et la pluie… Heureusement, le beau temps était annoncé de retour pour le lendemain ! Nous nous trouvons donc un terrain gratuit pour la nuit au bord des « sounds » sur la petite route côtière entre Picton et Blenheim, ... read more
arrivée par le ferry
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim May 15th 2015

Hello Everyone, We woke up in the Taylor Dam free campervan site, a really quiet place and of course we didn’t have the worries of being fined in the morning. We drove back into Blenheim to go to the I-site to pick up a wine map and to see the best way of doing the open cellar doors with bikes and where to park up. The lady at the I-site was very informative and booked everything up for us. We had a few options but most didn’t cater for the fact that we needed to park up where we could stay for the night, as I wouldn’t be able to drive again after all the wine! So the best, and in fact cheapest option was to book into ‘Watsons Way’ campervan site and backpackers. This was ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim March 17th 2015

Hi, well we left Janet and Ian's house this morning after coffee and bacon sandwich, we had a great time hanging out with them. We headed to Blenheim which was next on the list, this is wine country! lovely, vineyards everywhere ! It was one of those funny days where we couldn't get it right. It was pouring with rain when we left Nelson, gloomy sky, not sure if it was a bit of Cyclone Pam, as that was supposed to hit a bit of the North Island, east Side, not where we were, but you never know !! Anyhow we arrived at our motel, took a couple of hours drive, motel very nice, cleared out the car because it was a right heap ! We have bags of washing, will have to do that boring ... read more
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