The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....view of Pohutukawa trees along Kaikoura beach....

....view along the rugged coastline....

....Ohau Point seal colony....(1)

....Ohau Point seal colony....(2)

....Ohau Point seal colony....(3)

....views on the way north of Ward....

...saltworks near Seddon....(1)

...saltworks near Seddon....(2)

....sheep farm on the way to Seddon....

....view of the sea and the mountains beyond north of Seddon....

....the marina in Picton....

....Marlborough Wine Country....

....look out!...cattle crossing near Havelock....

....view on the way to Pelorus....

....the ol' swimming hole under the Pelorus Bridge....


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...



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