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Aug 21, 2008 - The End of Blenhiem

After a rough last week at work I am done working in New Zealand. I made some money and now its on to traveling and not worrying about money. Thursday after an argument we quit our job and went to the beach. The five of us Bastion from Canada, Mikhail from Czech Republic and Luca and Michael from Italy did not appreciate making about 30 dollars for 7 hours of work and finally quit our job. We went to whites Bay which is right outside of Blenhiem and hung out on the beach. Today Luca, Michael and I went on a wine tour. We went to five...

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Mar 9, 2008 - Blenheim

Well, after 9 days in the campervan, we finally made it Wine Country!!! Not that we NEED it!!! Blenheim is one of the regions in the south island that is famous for it's Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. We took a wine tour with a lunatic 80 year old Kiwi, which made for and amusing (to say the least) adventure. We tasted LOADS of whites and a Pinot at every location. I think we went to about 7 wineries in all. Peter, they still have a long way to go to beat the South African wine!!! We did end up buying some Cloudy Bay and shipping it back...

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Dec 21, 2007 - Blenheim, NZ

After another relatively restless night sleep (for Lauren mostly) we woke up and got ready to head out of Nelson. Somehow I managed to break my suitcase (sorry Mom, the zipper was really loose when I got it), so we headed into town to buy a new one (yes, Mom, you can keep the one I bought!!!). Anyone who knows David well enough knows how challenging it can be to find somewhere that serves breakfast (in Welles lingo, that actually means lunch), so we found a delightfully unique New Zealand spot, Subway!!! We actually managed to find new...

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Nov 21, 2007 - Blenheim and country vineyards

Today we take it easy (Susan is tapering for Lake Taupo challenge), and ride 37 miles in and around wine country. Literally millions of grape vines, mainly flat with a few rolling hills. There are cycling routes you can take, but we meander here and there, sometimes on route, other times not... Tom is afraid to sip any wine, then try to pedal his new bike, so we finish the ride, and go to the largest winery named "Montana". Montana meaning mountain, of course, so named by a Croatian migrant who started the winery in the late 1800s.

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Nov 8, 2007 - Kiakoura

Day 33 Starbucks got the call, again, for breakfast this morning. It was conveniently on the way to Budget rent a car. Pat and I decided to walk the six blocks to pick up our trusty red Corolla while the hotel watched our luggage. Negotiating Christchurch in rush hour was a snap, and we made our way out of town toward Kiakoura with ease. The road to Kiakoura was like driving in northern California - winding roads traversing the rolling hills. Did we mention the one-way bridges? The roads do not carry the volume of traffic that other...

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Oct 22, 2007 - Kaikoura, Blenheim and St Arnaud 16 th to 19th October 2007.

Sylvia's Comments Still feeling terrible I spent most of my day around the camp site due to the fact that I could not walk far. At least I caught up with some washing and reading a good book. Jeff went out to the town to do some shopping and get a blow of fresh air. It seems a whale watching trip is not going to be on the cards for us, copeing with sea sickness and this infection is too much for me. On Wednesday morning we decided to move on to Blenheim, the next major town on Highway 1. We left the camp site and set off up the road with...

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Mar 24, 2007 - Picton

Our final stop in South Island, we opted to get as close to the ferry to Wellington as possible, escpecially as we booked ourselves onto the early ferry, leaving at 8am. The campsite was in the village just next to Picton, and for the first time we seem to have escaped from the army of campervans making their way round the Island in a similar route. This meant we didnt see too much of the Marlborough Sounds other than on the drive to Picton itself (and of course we'll see them from the ferry as we head out of Picton), but as a consolation...

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Mar 21, 2007 - Day 189 - In Blenheim wine country

After a lovely breakfast we, reluctantly, left Diane & Malcolm's palce and headed toward Nelson for a look-see. After Nelson it was on to Havelock for a spot of lunch. After a cauldron of muscles at The Musselpot, we headed via Queen Charlotte Dr to Blenheim. We arrived too late to take in any wineries, so an early night beckoned after the Abel Tasman-ing the previous day.

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Mar 15, 2007 - New Zealand - Blenheim

We continued on our way to Blenheim via the Happy Valley and its gorgeous green mountains and as soon as we approached Renwick we saw row after row of vineyards. Both Blenheim and Renwick are the best places to access NZ's wine district and apparently the best way to enjoy this is by visiting them by bike! So off we set on our bikes looking sexy in our helmets (David managed to find one to fit his head!) for the wineries and their lovely wines! We decided to visit the furthest winery just outside of town which we found quite easy riding...

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Mar 14, 2007 - Blenheim and the Wine Country

The weather was poor this morning when we woke so we decided to spend a leisurely day checking out the various wineries. Not much to write about, the country side is beautiful but not a very interesting day. We bought a couple of bottles of nice wine from the local vineyards in Blenheim and then spent some time at an internet café. Spent the night at a holiday park in Blenheim and ate good ol' KFC for dinner. This is rather comical since neither of us would care to eat it in the states. It is amazing how desperate you become for foods from...

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Mar 13, 2007 - Arrival in Picton, South Island

We arrived in Picton, South Island and went straight to the Visitor Centre to get pamphlets on the various Great Walks. Apparently, the Tongariro experience wasn't enough for us. We headed out onto a very scenic drive towards the wine district so that we could check out a few wineries tomorrow. We discussed doing the Queen Charlotte Track, supposedly a very easy walk around Marlborough Sound but decided against it because all of the places to stay along the way were quite expensive and the area was expecting a great deal of rain. We spent...

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Mar 8, 2007 - Beginning of Vintage '07

We started our new job on Thursday, March 8th with 42 other people from all over the world (South Africa, Portugal, France, Holland, Italy, Australia, etc.). The company is a contract winery which has grown at an amazing rate in the past four years. In 2003 they were handling about 3,000 tons of grapes, which equals 24,000 cases of wine and comes from about 700-800 acres of grapes. This year they expect close to 15,000 tons of grapes!! In the past month they have added about 20 huge tanks to handle the larger volume, plus a press that can...

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