Cruising ‘Overseas’


On Friday we left Whanganui at 8am in the morning with Kadin’s parent’s car to start our three week South Island adventure. We arrived at the ferry terminal in Wellington to be placed at the front of the queue…


The three and a half hour journey went quite quickly, with perfect calm conditions and we were spoilt with picturesque views of Marlborough for the last hour or so…

We checked into our airbnb for the night in Blenheim which was right across the road from one of the many vineyards and also had a pool…


We enjoyed Blenheim town by night and day…

On Saturday we visited some of Marlborough’s vineyards…

We continued our drive south, pulling over regularly to take plenty of snaps of the stunning landscapes…

A real highlight was Yealand Winery just out of Sedon (recommended by our airbnb host), which had a great cellar door with an interesting film about the winery, tasty wines (of course)… but also a very scenic drive around the vineyard with friendly animals to meet along the way…


These are not lambs!!!  Yealand’s wanted to find a sustainable way to keep the grass down between the rows without losing grapes. The owner originally started with guinea pigs… but the hawks swooped down and put an end to that. Next up were the Kune Kune pigs… but they worked out how to jump up on each others back to reach the grapes too. So he thought long and hard and then found a breed of miniature sheep, Baby Doll… perfect lawn mowers, yet too small to reach the grapes! You can look out for the Baby Doll wine in BWS or Dan Murphy’s in Australia (and most liquor shops in NZ).

Have fun at work!


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