Sipping and Sightseeing in the Marlborough Region

We departed the ferry in the town of Picton half-past midnight and therefore, opted for a free and very crowded carpark close to the ferry terminal.  Upon waking, we drove north into the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.   The emerald green waters of both the Queen Charlotte Sound and the Kenepuru Sound greeted us with every turn and unable to resist, we decided to stop and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing and rock skipping on the sound shores.  The next day we hiked a section of the popular, multi-day Queen Charlotte Track (QCT) to the Onahau Hilltop Lookout – a 360 degree view of beautifulness!

“don’t really know how I got here…”

“we are young enough to say, this has got to be a good life…”

“…this could really be a good life”

Our second day in the Marlborough Sounds brought cloudy skies and we decided our time would be better spent touring wine country near neighboring Blenheim (honestly, we probably would have decided the same even if it were sunny)!  We spent the afternoon acquainting ourselves with a few wineries, and the better half of the following day riding bikes to every ‘open’ cellar door we could find – WOLO!

“please tell me what there is to complain about…”

“when you are happy like a fool, let it take you over…”

We went from winery to winery tasting the best NZ has to offer, particularly the Sauvignon Blancs and the Pinot Noirs, before purchasing a bottle (of Chardonnay, in fact), turning the bikes in, and safely parking the van for the night!  For any wine lovers out there, these are our suggestions for cellar stops the next time you find yourself in Blenheim, NZ:

Lawson’s Dry Hills Winery
Villa Maria
Seresin Estate (for the olive oil)
Nautilus Estate (really nice basil chocolate pairing with the wine)
Wairua River
Huia (our #1 and not just because we went here last 😉 )

“you got to take it in…”

“taking a mental picture of you now…”

“we have so much to feel good about…”

Next stop:  Sawcut Gorge

Go.  Change your state of mind.