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Pheeew, what a scorcher!

A perfect day for sitting in the car then

sunny 37 °C
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Just a gap day today; Kaikoura to Nelson via the Marlborough region. It’s a reasonably scenic route and very reminiscent of other vineyard areas we’ve been to. We stopped at Hunter’s vineyard for a taste and some dessert but headed up to Cloudy Bay for a proper tasting and purchased a bottle of their famed Sauvignon Blanc – NZ$30 to buy from the cellar door (£16), £45-ish in a restaurant in the UK! We’re looking forward to trying that. The mercury peaked whilst we were there at 37 Celsius according to the car. We later heard the hottest place in NZ got to 40.3, beating previous records. We got to our accommodation in Nelson late PM and would have to say it’s how all motels should be – near perfect. Early night for an early start and a day in Abel Tasman tomorrow.

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The theme was broken

until we arrived in Te Anau

rain 17 °C
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Today's a bit of a holding day. It's just a trip from Queentown to Te Anau where we overnight before heading to Milford Sound. The journey didn't involve rain! In fact, we sat outside at Manapouri and had a cup of tea and cake. Very English! The journey down here is best described as 'scenic'. It involves lots of mountains in differing ranges and as we sit and type this (using the free wireless connection we weren't expecting) we have a fantastic view of Mount Luxmore. It's just being viewed through the drizzle that started when we got here. The place we're staying is lovely though; our hosts friendly and welcoming. We're just going to 'hang out' rather than brave the weather.

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The Journey to Queenstown

And there’s a theme developing

all seasons in one day 20 °C
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We were supposed to be taking a flight over the glaciers and Mount Cook today but the clouds rolled in and stopped the plane taking off. That was a bit of a downer but we’ve re-booked for when we get to Mount Cook in the hope we have clear skies. The up side was we gained an hour back to do the 5 hr journey to Queenstown. We stopped on route to gets a few pictures of Fox Glacier and a fantastic waterfall just beyond Haast. From just after Fox Glacier it rained. Then it rained some more. And then a bit more. It does that every time we drive somewhere. Still, it brightened up by the time we got to Lake Waneka so we stopped for a few pictures there – it’s spectacular – and then continued on to Puzzling World for a bit of fun where we went through their various illusion rooms then did their 3D maze. We did it a lot quicker than average, but it took us 20 mins to get back to the start, which put us back to average! Rubbish. From Waneka we took the twisty mountain road to Queenstown, which made Helen feel sick. It’s a very alpine-like road with some great views of the Remarkables mountain range (one of the few mountain ranges that run north-south). We arrived in Queenstown quite late so dumped our stuff then walked in to town for dinner, during which there was a downpour so we were soaked but the time we got back to the apartments (they’re lovely) and took advantage of the tumble dryer.

Posted by neilthelr 22:32 Archived in New Zealand Tagged travel Comments (0)

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