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Apr 15, 2014 - South Island - New Zealand - Wanaka to Picton

Greetings from Picton on South Island. When we left you it was Wednesday 9th April and we were in Wanaka and heading to Queenstown for the ascent of Ben Lomond. We got up at 6am, had a rushed breakfast and then broke camp for the drive over a mountain range. We arrived at the lake edge a short distance from the town centre ready to commence the ascent at about 8am and saw the DOC (Department of Conservation) board for the ascent had a recommended journey time of 8 hours. We have come realise these times are quite conservative for our...

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Apr 15, 2014 - Picton, South Island, NZ

We decided to take a break from our route book and use a shortcut that cut up over the mountain to the Eastern shore. This was a steep, curvy country road, narrower than most. But the scenery was beautiful, the sky was mostly clear, and we were seeing more and more trees changing their colors. Seems strange to be taking a leaf peeping tour in April. Back on Route 1 heading north along the coast, we had many beautiful ocean scenery areas. We found the café for our morning hot chocolate and later had a nice lunch at The Store. We had several...

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Mar 16, 2014 - DAY 21: Blenheim to Picton

Sorry, no photos today - torrential rain and gales all day (still continuing). The remains of Cyclobe Lusi appear to be passing through and causing havoc, so definitely a day for indoor activities. Happily there are plenty of those around Blenheim! We started by visiting the 'Vines Village', rather optimisticslly described in the publicity as 'Marlborough's Artisan Hub', but actually just half a dozen tiny retail franchises, only one of which belongs to a winery...and that wasn't open until later! Nice cafe and grounds (on a good day!)...

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Mar 6, 2014 - Sunshine, finally

Picton, New Zealand is a place that was not on our original itinerary, but we just spent a very pleasant day in this picturesque port. The sun is shining today, and that has cheered everyone up. After several days of dark, rainy weather, we were ready for a change. When I packed, I underestimated how cool it would be here, so we have been wearing the same few long pants and long-sleeved shirts over and over. Thank goodness for the laundry room! I will have to head there one more time before we reach Auckland, I think. We spent more time in...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Marlborough wine region - Picton and Blenheim

Tues ……………..sometime in Feb (am now losing plot as to which day it is)……….. Much as we love this area and the weather, its time to move on. There is some serious wine tasting to do. We have to stop by Nelson as Steve has seen some cool beachwear that he fancies himself in so we have to see if they still have it. I have been doing some of the driving as then Steve can enjoy the scenery as you do need to keep your eyes on the road as it can be a bit hairy…………mountain roads. Nelson is completely surrounded by mountains and that’s one reason...

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Apr 2, 2013 - End of Queen Charlotte Track

Today was the day we are walking out, it says it will take 8 hours to get to the finish and are ferry leaves at 330pm so to be sure we got up at 5am and left at 6am, the first two hours were the hardest because it was all uphill so it was a good call to leave earlier when it was cooler because later on it got really hot! We completed the walk in 6 hours so we had two hours to wait for the boat! be early is better then be late i guess, the boat was early then we went back to Picton, got a hostel and i had fish and chips for my dinner then we...

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Will Down Under

Mar 31, 2013 - Day 2 on Queen Charlotte Track

Day 2 on the track was mixed, the weather half the time horrible and half the time amazing but dad wasn't in the best of moods because his pack was hurting him, (I told him to man up!) It was a hard and long day it took 7 hours to do all the km to the campside but we got there! The bird in the picture is called a Weka and there were really really annoying! Woke us up at 2am each night and kept trying to take are food!

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Mar 30, 2013 - Boat Trip to Start of Queen Charlotte Track/Day 1

Today we left Nelson bright and early to get a 2 hour bus journey to Picton, it was a interesting trip because the whole journey was through Marlborough which has lots of vineyard. We got to Picton and it seemed to be a nice seaside town which lots of fish and chips shop (All good!), to do the Queen Charlotte Track to have to get a boat trip to the start which means to have to get a boat down the Marlborough Sounds. The only boat we could get was at 130pm which was the mail boat, which dropped peoples post/shopping who lived on the...

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Feb 8, 2013 - Wellington to Picton

We landed in Picton and were taken to the Sequoia Lodge. There's a huge Sequoia tree across the street from the lodge. Unfortunately they had given Llanos our room by mistake, and we had to kick her out. This was the first of several problems she had with rooms. More on that later.

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Feb 1, 2013 - Picton, South Island

Today we took the ferry to the South Island, or rather it took us. Up at 4:45 a.m. to get to the ferry dock by 6:30. We have been in Wellington for one week and the weather has been sunny every day. I was hoping today would be sunny also so that I could search for pelagic (ocean-going) birds during the crossing. Well, it was sunny, but there was a freezing cold wind. I just about froze looking for birds and finally had to give up and enter the lounge of the ship. Pelagic birds live on the open ocean and seldom, if ever, fly over the...

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Find Tom 5

Jan 27, 2013 - South Island here we come

Up really early today we had our breakfast delivered to our room as we were off to catch the ferry to Picton in the South Island. Our driver picked us up and delivered us to the Interislander ferry where we checked our luggage as if we were going on a plane Three hours later we arrived at Picton. The weather was hotter than the North island and we were looking forward to meeting Aunt Nova for lunch. Aunt Nova, a tiny lady, was waiting for us at the carousel where our luggage was being delivered. After hugs and tears we pIcked up our luggage...

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June's Sabbatical

Jan 21, 2013 - Day 11

Day 11 – Picton 21st January 2013 We tied up to the wharf at about 6am this morning at Shakespeare Bay. We went on a tour of the wineries and chocolate factory which was very good and we were given some terrific talks at each of the wineries. The last winery had a very funny vintner giving the talk. The tour bus driver then drove us back through Picton to give us an idea of the town (very small, but very pretty).

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