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Apr 6, 2004 - Havelock, the green lipped mussel capital of the world

After our fill of wine we drove north up to Picton (where the ferries go from to the north island) and then started heading west to Havelock, for dinner. We got some great views of Marlborough Sound along the Queen Charlotte Drive. After Havelock we drove closer to Nelson, stopping for the night in the Rai Valley at a campsite by a babbling brook. Still solid.

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Mar 31, 2004 - To Nelson (Clare's Birthday)

Garry made Clare a lovely cup of tea first thing and woke her up with her cards (after a little prompting!!) Once the card opening was complete we were on the road to Nelson. The first part of the drive was just like the Great Ocean Road, without the weather and with greyer waters. 25km up the coast was Oahu Point, home to New Zealand's largest seal colony. There were hundreds of them. We could have stayed and watched the young ones playing in the rock pools all day but we had a long drive ahead. The drive was diverted around blenheim on...

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Dec 6, 2003 - Drive to Richmond with lunch at a local Pub

We awoke to rain and decided to skip the seal colony walk and hit the road. We drove in the rain from Westport to Richmond. It was beautiful country and a beautiful, but stressful drive in the pouring rain. It seemed like every 50 to 100 meters there was a waterfall by the road, most of them not likely there when it was dry. Really glad they have good drainage on their highways. Stopped for lunch at a pub along the highway and had a very enjoyable visit with the owner, Jaquie. She rolled her own cigarettes and was quite a character. In...

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Dec 5, 2003 - Motueka - Mike & Kathryn's

We said our farewells to Wendy and Ralph and drove on towards Motueka, stopping in Havelock for a coffee after in the morning. Within a couple of hours we had arrived in Motueka and we parked up and had a look around. Motueka is a small town but it did seem quite lively in comparison to other NZ small towns. Along with Nelson and other satellite towns in the region, Motueka has become a refuge for some of the alternative lifestylers and craftspeople, which all makes for a lively mix. We had come to stay with Mike and Kathryn, who live in a...

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