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PICTON to HANMER SPRINGS : 8th & 9th APRIL 2016

Marlborough Wine Region !!

Early morning sunshine in the harbour - great start to the day.
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The Interislander - on yet another voyage across to Wellington
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When in Marlborough one must take note of this sign and adhere !!!
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Steve and I decided a tour of Marlborough Wineries was an absolute must !
Photos from here are taken by my IPhone so apologies for the quality - there is a reason.
We visited Wither Hills and tasted some really great wines and then moved on to Brancott Estate - I have been looking forward to visiting this Winery since we started planning our trip. So we stopped in the car park and there was the courtesy bus to take us up to the Heritage/Restaurant Centre. I got so excited I totally forgot to get my camera.
There are vineyards for miles - this was taken from our lunch table overlooking the vineyard.
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And a truly wonderful experience it was too - Delicious Lunch and a very attentive waiter who insisted we kept tasting until we decided exactly which one we would like to enjoy with our lunch - who are we to argue ??
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They even have a book with photos of all the pet dogs from the local wineries - and of course there was a West Highland Terrier just like our Maggie at home.
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Now after lunch and quite a few wine tastings perhaps we should test our alcohol level - Steve went first !
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and the reading was - oh dear !!!! Here we are at a Winery and the only way home is on the bikes (my reading was exactly the same)
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Luckily for us we made it without being apprehended, that was pure luck, we saw 3 police cars on the way home !

Back in the Picton harbour there are quite a few luxury boats - perhaps they belong to Winery owners.
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Today we left Picton in sunshine but quite chilly conditions. Back through Blenheim to Kekerengu where we stopped and enjoyed Morning Tea on the terrace overlooking the Sea.
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Aitch went wandering around looking for the perfect photo -
Nearly starred in it himself -
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Spot the Aussies -
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Further along we stopped to check out the Seals sunbaking -
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And the famous Nins Bin where the aroma of fresh crayfish was overwhelming - I really wish I was hungry enough to sample one - they looked delicious.
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Renovators delight spotted on the edge of the railway line which incidentally runs along the coast between road and sea.
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Fuel at Kaikorea and then up into the Amuri Range we went.
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The road winds on through the hills - stunning scenery and a great riding road.
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A very pretty view from the bridge over Waiau River at the Thrillseekers Canyon -
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We will park those bikes almost anywhere so we can get the photos-
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We arrived at Hanmer Springs mid afternoon in time for a walk around the village (some great shops if only I had more Pannier space!)
The afternoon light was stunning on the Autumn leaves.
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Dinner at The Stag Restaurant (with a Wild Boar head mounted on the wall behind us) and that is it for today.

Posted by MKaye 01:48 Archived in New Zealand

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Photos look great! jo

by aitchnjo

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