|Arriving in Picton on the South Island of New Zealand|
The day we left Auckland we took a short but bumpy flight to Wellington at the southern tip of the North Island. This was the start of our journey to the South Island of New Zealand. Everyone we'd met said that it would be very different from the north, more rugged and beautiful, or as one Kiwi put it "less tidy."
From Wellington our intention was to take the ferry across the Cook Strait to the town of Picton on the Marlborough Sound. We could have flown across, but being on the water appeals to both of us so we'd reserved a spot for the three hour ferry ride. The day of departure we checked the weather and were dismayed to see a 60 knot wind and two plus meter swell prediction. We called the ferry line and were told "no worries mate, we don't worry until the swells reach 5-7 meters" (that's about 15-21 feet!). Sucking it up, we boarded the ferry and hoped for the best. It did rain, the wind did howl, and the ferry did list to one side as the wind pushed against it...but other than that, it was a fairly smooth crossing!
|We love the slogan for the Makana Chocolate Factory|
|Visitors can sample whatever is being made at the time - in our case it was|
Macadamia nut brittle in milk chocolate.
|An Asian inspired salmon dish served with|
udon noodles and fresh greens.
|The Saint Clair winery staff gave us a primer on "Sauv Blanc"|
|What we refer to as having a tasting room is called a "Cellar Door" in NZ.|
|Wildflowers grow in between the rows of perfectly groomed grapevines|