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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton December 18th 2014

And somehow I've reached Thursday and I'm driving back over Takaka Hill without a detailed plan. The one realisation I've come to though is that, despite landing on South Island nine days ago and, in theory, having at least two rest days scheduled in those nine, yesterday was the seventh day in a row in which I've finished the day with my legs singing a mournful tune in complaint at what I've been asking them to do for me. Add in the complaints from the shoulder muscles, the lower back, and the hip and the chorus is getting louder. Yet, still, even with this realisation in mind, I catch my mind looking at the weather forecast (heavy rain) and spotting a gap this afternoon during which we could make it up to, or across to, or ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton November 20th 2013

C'est dans une petite vallée d'à peine 15km de large par 40km, coincée entre 2 chaines de montages, alignée plein est, avec tres peu de précipitation que depuis 40 ans on y fait parmis les meilleurs vins blancs au monde. Vous l'aurez deviner, il s'agit de la "mythique" région de Marlborough, pour le faire d'avoir choisi ça comme titre de mon blog ne donne peut être pas grande surprise, mais bon, je n'ai que peu d'imagination pour les titres de mes messages. Pour certains amateur de vins, leur consommation habituelle serait fort différente si ce n'était pas de ce pays remplis de beau, bon, pas cher vin blanc et c'est justement la qu'est notre premier arrêt a mon père et moi. Ne se refusant rien, nous avons décider de faire le tour des vignobles qui offrent ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton May 28th 2011

By now we were already well accustomed to the stunning scenery of Kiwi land. Turning many a corner, letting out a big sigh and muttering "wow" was becoming a pretty common occurence. So as we boarded the ferry taking across across the Cook Strait we really should have known that the Marlborough Sounds, the gateway to New Zealands south, was probably going to blow our socks off! It didn't disappoint - rolling green hills descending into endless channels of clear blue water. It was also getting bloody cold. As this country gets more beautiful our own faces seem to be losing their silky summer shine at a worrying rate. Besides the adverse weather conditions a diet of bread, pasta and rice seems to be taking its toll. For those greeting us on our return be warned ... read more
First Sight of the South!
Pasta Pesto
A Kiwi??

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton December 11th 2009

Just had 3 nights in the Marlb Sounds, we had really nice weather and took the new kitten (Trixie). We travelled all the way around Kenepuru Sound before returning to The Muddy Windy Place for 2 nights.... read more
Muddy Windy Place
GE Nelson 1

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton February 12th 2009

Nelson 22nd - 25th January 2009 For a 'big' (in NZ terms) town, Nelson is really lovely. It's full of hanging baskets with flowers and is easy to walk around in a day. We explored the town and parks and the rather awful 1960's cathedral. It was lovely to sit out in the sun at a cafe drinking coffee and watching the world go by. We stayed in a campsite about 10 minutes away in the Maitai valley. It was next to a river with a swimming hole, which was great fun. Unfortunately, we were starting to get our first taster of South Island sandflies! They are a nightmare from the time you get up, to the time you go to bed. We bought some more repellent, but the buggers always find the tiniest spot you ... read more
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Sound

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton February 5th 2008

Beloved You walked across mountains for my love moved boulders in your deepest sleep opened the hearts of others, through miracles, for me, unfolded the wide universe in your kiss. Still, I forget your name. Still, I forget your presence. "Be Still", you say, and I am. As fears cascade from my eyes and at once, I am healed from all suffering. You have scooped the whole ocean in your hand and given me its bounty, unfolded the pattern of a million stars within your eyes, yet, I forget to look when the sun rises to greet me. And I still turn away when my heart has shattered, like caked mud. But you continue to line my nest with soft feathers to return to, and your call is crisp and clear through the noise, again, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton February 3rd 2008

Hi from the Maitreya Meditation Center.... So, its been a couple weeks since I last wrote and its been kind of a wild ride since then. I will only mark the highlights really to keep the length down a little. When I last wrote, I was in Nelson for a little RnR after the Abel Tasman. The next day I moved on to Kaikora, a small town along the north east coast of the south island. Kaikora is located along a Peninsula and was a once famous whaling town so there was lots of history and a strong fishing culture. It rained here and I was glad my tent held up since it was the first inclement weather we faced together (I actually got soaked trying to move the tent under more tree cover when I ... read more
chimney by the sea
The gang
cliffside walk along the water

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton January 21st 2008

DATE VISITED: 19-21ST JAN The ferry crossing across the Cook Strait wasn't too stomach-churning thank God. We were warned by locals that the Strait can be prone to a funnelling affect of the winds from the Tasman and Pacific oceans at either side - on top of this local newspapers were reporting rough seas with swells of over a metre but I thought a metre wouldn't be too bad! On the day itself the first hour was a bit up and down but not enough to make me go up on deck to throw. The middle and end of the sailing was pretty calm (as far as this crossing goes anyway).... The views coming into South Island kept us company almost all throughout the crossing as the visibility was so good. We arrived through the pretty ... read more
On the Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Track
Another view!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton March 5th 2007

Got the ferry to the south Island early the next day. really excited. Ferry trip was spectacular through the Marlborough Sounds on the way into Picton. Arrived in Picton and got settled into hostel. Spent the afternoon on Bobs Beach swimming in the sea. Feel so much better here. Its true what they say that the more people there are the lonelier you can feel. Here I felt really relaxed and more like my old self again. Had 'fush and chups' for tea (with Shark) and got into a debate with an australian girl who rekoned that the aussies had invented our national dish. The bloody cheek. Back at the hostel, on the way to the kitchen, had the unfortunate experience of coming face to face with several elderly german gentleman 'relaxing' in their birthday suits ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton January 7th 2007

Well we got to Piston at 5am then drove a bit parked up and slept. WE got up and headed along road stopped to go for a walk then to Haveock. Went to info centre and saw loads of posters saying how ferry ride from north to south island is one of the most beautiful in the world! Whoopps, and we went on in at night to save money!!!!! Booked a kayaking trip for tomorrow, then headed to find a place to sleep. found a garage sale and got lots of bargain camping kit.... read more

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