Wine tasting and Natural hot springs

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

From Martinborough we moved to Wellington where we had our ferry crossing through Marlborough sounds over to the South Island. Unfortunately for us it was a miserable day and we were unable to see the amazing views the crossing has to offer (see picture comparison below) - it was rather gutting.

Our first stop in on the South Island was Marlborough in Blenheim. We stayed in a cosy little caravan belonging to a lovely family that we found on Air BnB. They were super helpful and gave us loads of recommendations for different vineyards to have lunch at and do wine tasting. Luckily the weather perked up for our first full day in Marlborough and we made the most of it by taking a trip to Wairau River Vineyards and sampling some of their delicious wines over lunch. Me and mum both had a fruity Pinot Gris with a blue cheese soufflé and pear and walnut salad - it was divine. There're so many amazing vineyards in Marlborough it really is a must if you're even in the area and enjoy wine. Most places it's free to do a wine taste as well! After lunch we had a drive round to explore some of Marlborough's beaches and hidden coves.

We found an amazing one called Monkey Bay - it was extremely rugged and dramatic, with waves smashing against dark black rocks and cliff faces, there was also a great look out point here. To end the day we chilled in the hot-tub at mum and dads accommodation, which was lovely as it had started to rain again outside. If you're ever in NZ and want to drink wine and chill out then Marlborough is the place for you.

Next on the adjender was Hanmer Springs. Renowned for its natural thermal hot springs and mountainous surroundings, Hanmer really was like something off of a postcard. Myself, mum and Craig decided to indulge in the thermal hot springs and spa. Although a lot more commercial and family friendly than Icelands Blue Lagoon it was still a very relaxing experience. In didn't feel too busy as there were loads of different pools to choose from, including hydrotherapy pools, jacuzzis and even a length pool adorned with sunloungers. Me and mum shared a steam, which was also great!   Not loads to do but a beautiful place to see nonetheless - and the hot springs should not be missed!

Elly X

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