Day 3 - Hanmer Springs to Blenheim

Trip Start Apr 01, 2007
Trip End Apr 21, 2007

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Had a good night's sleep, woke around 6.15am, cup of tea, shower, breakfast and on the road at 7.45am. Another fine day. We headed to Waiau to visit the cemetery and graves of Frederick Mason (3x great grandfather of Liz) and his daughter Elizabeth Jane, her husband and their infant son, then followed the Leader Rd and Waiau River, very picturesque valleys and great photo opportunities. Everything appears so dry and brown. Well irrigated paddocks with huge irrigation sprinklers that are mounted above wheels and move across the paddock. Most seem to be fed off man-made irrigation channels. We stopped and took a photo of "Mendip Road" (which will have some significance to Grant's Dad.) We reached Kaikoura around 10.30am for a nice coffee and a muffin each, overlooking the ocean. Continued north on the coast road to Nin's Bin at Rakautara (an old caravan that sells nothing but crayfish and garlic mussels).  Right on the beach and with awesome ocean views, we scoffed a crayfish between us, took some pics of fur seals swimming and lazing on the rocks and headed further north about 20 minutes to Kekerengu and "The Store", where we had lunch, again overlooking the ocean. It's such a hard life!! On to Blenheim and Renwick where we visited plenty of wineries (Lawson's Dry Hills, Highfield Estate, Seresin, Allan Scott and Cloudy Bay), sampled all and bought some as well, then we had a compulsory stop at Makana Confections, where we sampled hand made chocolates (and, yes, we bought some to take away). We've stopped at the Top 10 Holiday Park at Blenheim Bridge for the night, before heading to Picton and Nelson area tomorrow.
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