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Feb 11, 2012 - Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

The campsite at Blenheim was packed so we got up early to get in the showers before the rush. We made it and also got to the bus stop in time for the first bus to the festival. Ray sent me back to the van to get the camera so I had to sprint back the half a mile with less than 10 Min's to spare. Made it and got on the bus with some pissed up people. We must be getting old but why be drunk before tasting any of the wines at the festival. Gates opened at 10.30am and we were some of the first people in there. We wandered around a bit aimlessly...

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Feb 9, 2012 - Oh dear a food and wine festival, what were they thinking of

Leaving Nelson was hard especially as the site was so relaxing and well run but you gotta move on. We drove just over 2 hours to Blenheim and again saw different countryside which was really beautiful. Blenheim itself was one of the first places to be settled and there is a park just outside the centre called Brayshaw park which was a bit of a trek in the sun, over 25 degrees, but we got there in the end. It was quite similar to the park we went to called shanty town although it was deserted and closed so we had a bit of a wander about then...

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Apr 1, 2011 - Argosy Safe Air Cargo

The largest aircraft on public display in New Zealand, and the last of its kind in the world, is Argosy "Merchant Enterprise", now open for visitors at Woodbourne (Blenheim). The "Merchant Enterprise" is an AW-650 Series 222 Argosy aircraft built by the Armstrong Whitworth company at Baginton, near Coventry, England. This unique twin-boomer first flew on 10 March 1965 and was operated by BEA on their European cargo routes. It then did several years service with TransAir in Canada and Alaska before arriving in New Zealand in July...

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Mar 23, 2011 - Blenheim, NZ

Today we had a very rough three hour ferry crossing to the south island. The waves were sometimes coming over the bow and the crew was passing out barf bags and ice water. Lots of sick passengers today! We drove south to Blenheim where we spent the night. At one point we drove into a commercial farm processing plant with a store and food service. A man stopped and asked if we were lost and where we were from. When we said the US he wanted to know where, Oregon, where? Salem. He was in Corvallis and Salem a few months ago on business. He was...

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Mar 20, 2011 - A 3 hour tour

An early start to the day to take the car ferry to the south island. It took all 4 of us to complete the Sunday crossword on the trip over on the ferry. Arrived in Picton and had lunch on a clipper ship that had been used by the US during WWII in the Pacific. A walk around the town and a sample of a new variety of Hokey Pokey ice cream. Arrived at our destination for tonight, Blenheim. Made a visit to Makana Chocolate factory- free tastings. Macadamia Toffee and Macadamia nut Brittle…YUM YUM YUM! Best chocolate we have had in NZ! Blenheim...

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Feb 17, 2011 - Blenheim

We have been away for a short break in the North of South Island. We flew up from Dunedin to Christchurch on a reasonably sized aircraft! – a Bombardier Q 300 As usual we arrived at Dunedin airport far too early ( to the despair of my daughter in law ) and had to wait almost an hour for our aircraft. Ruth, like most New Zealanders considers 15 minutes quite sufficient check in time for domestic flights – and they are correct! In any case the aircraft took off 15 minutes late which could have caused a problem since the transfer time at...

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May 23, 2010 - A week of adventure,drama and stunning scenery!

Monday 17th May Back in the van after our day trip to Milford Sound. It was a very good day, and Milford Sound was every bit as spectacular as its pictures. However, and maybe because we had seen so many pictures of it, we didn’t find it as breathtaking as we had expected – certainly less so than Lake Tekapo. We were up at 7am to catch the bus and were surprised to find it still dark at that time (we have not seen that hour in New Zealand!). To us it felt like the middle of the night, but campers generally seem to be an “early to bed, early...

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Mar 13, 2010 - Northeast of South Island

We ended up staying two nights in Hanmer Springs so after sending our last entry we took a long walk up to a look out and on our return were joined by a lovely young woman whose family owns a holiday home here. After that walk we were ready to soak in the hot springs again. Shortly after soaking for a few minutes they announced that 100 young school kids would be joining us! We were surprised at how quiet they were and they weren’t allowed to be in a few of the pools, so we were ok. From Hanmer Springs we took a short cut from the small...

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Mar 7, 2010 - Marlborough wine country - ah, the Sauvie

We popped into Blenheim (pronounced 'Blen-um') for a few days of (small) city and wine. Seemed like we'd been in the wilderness for weeks, well, we had, so a town of 5000 was a big deal. Our story: Marsh and I had gone to a little, exceptionally scrumptious restaurant in Red Hook, NY close to 10 years ago and they recommended a new wine they'd just gotten in - a Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of NZ. We fell in love, with the wine too, and so one goal of the trip was going to this region and sampling some wines. We booked a wine...

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Jan 16, 2010 - Nothin' left to do but .....

Smile, Smile, Smile! Ah, there is so much to smile about. Friends, family, new friends, adventures, exploration, good food, great food! Yes, lots to smile about. So let me tell you what has been making me smile for the past week or so. After my last update, I managed to make it to Wellington, NZ. Which is the nations Capital and the southern most city on the North Island, and therefore the jumping off point for getting over to the South Island. I booked the ferry and checked into a downtown hotel - Holiday Inn Wellington - which was a...

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Nov 12, 2009 - nelson-blenheim

Gisteren naar Blenheim gereden. Blenheim ligt zowat in het centrum van de Marlborough regio, de belangrijkste wijnstreek van N-Z. In de voormiddag 2 wineries gedaan in de omgeving van Richmond, de eerste bezat 2 labels, een volledig bio(ong 10ha) en een ander in omschakeling van ook zo'n 10ha. Enkele bio en niet bio wijntjes geproefd en vooral kunnen vaststellen dat de rode wijnen op niet veel trokken, de prijzen waren anders wel gepeperd. Toch een 2-tal goeie witte wijntjes geproefd en uiteindelijk een fles bio riesling van 2009...

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Nov 9, 2009 - Marlborough Wine Country

Wine Country Monday 9th November 2009 We have a late start for the Wine tour today, though some would say 11.30 was a civilised time to get out drinking! And there are 8 of us from the campsite on the bus – and as in the Hunter Valley, it is only a short drive to the first Winery, Lawsons Dry Hills, and it’s good, nice one with one of the better Gewurztraminer wines, but we do not buy any! Then on to the Wither Hills, lovely place, and we have a super lunch, with a tasting beforehand with Ali (strict “schoolmistress” – no talking - listen...

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