|We left Kaikoura this morning heading north along the rugged coastline pausing first at Ohau Point to see a Kekeno colony (NZ fur seals) then stopping in Ward for morning tea before making our way thru hilly pastures and the wine country of Marlborough and the saltworks near Seddon on our way thru Blenheim to Picton. The saltworks is an area where sea water is captured in pools, iodine is added which turns the water pink and then the water is evaporated which leaves sea salt behind that is then collected, packaged and sold mostly to the Asian market. The Marlborough wine region runs from up around Ward all the way to Nelson and has one of the oldest wineries in NZ near Blenheim called Montana Vineyards. Upon reaching Picton we dropped a number of travelers to catch the Interisland Ferry across to the North Island and to pick up others who had just arrived from Wellington. Once the new riders got settled on the bus we continued on our way thru Havelock and Pelorus and then up the Rai Valley and over the mountains and past more Marlborough wineries on our way to Nelson, the "sunshine capital" of NZ and the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, a wondrous region filled with forest walks, golden beaches and sparkling water...