Brian and Andrea's big adventure travel blog

Queen Charlotte Drive



Waterfall at the Smith's Farm Campsite

Still harbour villages

morning reflections


get those boots on!!!

Davies Bay


Queen Charlotte landscape

the tide near Havelock

Close up


the view from Moenui loop walk

the view from Pelorus bridge

Pelorus River

no way!?!

Waterfalls Walk


pretty flowers





North of Blenheim is the Queen Charolette Sound and Marlborough Sounds. We took a lovely scenic drive around the coast and did a few hikes to get some great views of the mountains. The hikes we did out by Pelorus Bridge were pretty. The sign cracked us up though!

Again, we had a great chat with a guy in Havelock whose family ran the local YHA and who now runs it himself. It is really interesting hearing local's perspectives of other cultures and tourism in general. He admitted, prices had really gone up since the Lord of the Rings and other movies such as the Last Samurai hit the screens. Unfortunately, word gets back that NZ is expensive and tourism drops. Even changes in exchange rates can dramatically affect tourism. For example, this year, Israeli tourist numbers dropped by a third when the strength of their currency fell.

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