Top of the South

Trip Start May 31, 2007
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Trip End Sep 13, 2007


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Thursday, August 30, 2007

The scenery here in the South Island it even more amazing - with even more mountains, more rugged and even fewer cars on the road!  The weather was really very good to us most of the time in the South Island.  At last we found a decent radio station - which played excellent music and had great articles, many from the BBC world service.  Marlborough and Nelson had so much to offer - relaxed funky little towns of Nelson, Motueka and Takaka all with thriving arts and alternative lifestylers, which very much appealed to us.

We were bowled over by the striking beauty of Golden Bay, Farewell Spit, Abel Tasman National Park and the one man town of Collingwood (everything was shut on the day we visited - even the famous Rose Glow Chocolate were closed for the winter season). 

Thanks to Matt, Adele, Thomas, Abbie and Cassie, the dog we had a great weekend in the Marlbough Sounds - we met at the charming Havelock Harbour before boarding their boat to reach their family Bach set on the water edge - as we arrived in the fading afternoon sun we disembarked onto their own private jetty to a wonderful isolated house (accessible only by boat)  - which reminded us of 'On Golden Pond'  the setting was wonderful. The house was surrounded by lush thick forest and wonderful coastal waters - we spent the days fishing.  Matt, Jon and Tabitha landed a respectful nine fat healthy cod which Matt skillfully dispatched and prepared for tea.  It was brilliant lesson for us all.  Lucky for us, Matt works for one of the many local wineries and brought several samples along for us to try.

We were very grateful for their kind hospitality and giving us a chance to experience the beauty of the Marlborough Sounds.
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