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TAKAKA to PICTON - 30th MARCH 2016

Crisp, fresh & Sunny ride back over Takaka Hill

Back up over Harold's favourite road - the Takaka Hill this morning. Great start to the day.
Quotes of the day "better than the Stelvio Pass - Italy" : Meredith
"much more fun" : Jo
"that was twisted fun" : Harold

We stopped at the for Morning Tea at Jellyfish Café at Mapua on the Ruby Coast below the Moutere Hills, where Steve requested the "Steve Special" a Bacon & Egg Ciabatta with Relish - just delicious.
A few yachts where moored in the inlet looking rather majestic -

Next stop was the Pelorus Bridge - beautiful deep clean water - great for swimming - if you are so inclined !!

Steve looking upstream -

The "HaroldAitchus" penguin, last seen farther south has emerged from the depth of the river - camera in hand - still taking photos -

Hitchhikers are a very common sight in NZ - good luck girls !

Riding on in glorious sunshine along Queen Charlotte Drive - long sweeping bends, some tight corners, more long sweeping bends - fabulous day.
We stopped at a lookout over Marlborough Sound - stunning
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More twisting bends and our next stop was overlooking Picton -

Picton itself has been a revelation - beautiful little cove with lots of quaint restaurants overlooking the yachts in the harbour.
We spotted our Hitchhiker friends too - they made it !!

Dinner of fresh Gurnard at the Oxley's Hotel washed down with hops & grapes (local brews of course) completed a perfect day.

Steve's quote of the day - "what better way to end the day than with a glass of local Merlot"

Posted by MKaye 00:29 Archived in New Zealand

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Very good! So true!

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