New Zealand: Part 4

Our adventure on the north end of the South Island started with some sea kayaking around the Abel Tasman National Park. We were part of a small tour. Our trip started with a water taxi to our starting destination.

Water TaxiP1000849-1

We then loaded up our kayaks and pushed off.

P1000850-2P1000852-4 We headed out to this island first. We saw lots of wildlife like seals, penguins and other birds. P1000853-5 P1000858-7 P1000862-9 Penguins in the WaterP1000864-10 Seal and a Seal PupP1000872-11 BirdsP1000873-12

We then paddled south along the coast. We saw more animals, interesting rock formations and paddled into lagoons.
P1000895-13 LagoonP1000918-16 PenguinsP1000912-15 PenguinsP1000905-14 Taylor did most of the paddling. 🙂 I was busy taking pictures! P1000921-17 Super Paddler!P1000860-8

Next on our agenda for the next few days, we headed to wineries. We visited wineries in the Nelson and Marlborough wine regions.  We visited a bunch more wineries, had excellent meals, relaxed and purchased some bottles to bring back to Singapore. Here are the wineries we visited: Nueforf Vineyards, Rimu Grove, Waimea Estates, Spy Valley, Clos Henri, Seresin Estate, Gibson, Huia, Hunter’s, Hans Herzog, Cloudy Bay, and there may have been a few others but I’ve already forgotten!

Sauvignon Blanc GrapesIMG_7472-4

Baa. We saw lots of sheep near the wineries!IMG_7453-1Clos Henri Tasting Room IMG_7465-2IMG_7467-3Lunch at Hans HerzogIMG_7474-5 IMG_7477-6 IMG_7493-7 IMG_7495-8 IMG_7497-9

On our final day driving back to Christchurch we mostly drove along the coast. We stopped along the way to admire the beauty of the ocean. One stopping spot was great for seals!IMG_7535-16IMG_7499-10 IMG_7503-11 IMG_7504-12 IMG_7507-13 IMG_7515-14 IMG_7517-15 IMG_7537-17 IMG_7539-18 IMG_7555-19

The ends the highlights of our New Zealand trip! All together we drove about 30,000km in about 11 days. Here’s a general map of how we drove. Follow the arrows!Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 1.35.57 PMNext week’s post, the botanical gardens with special visitors!

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2 thoughts on “New Zealand: Part 4

  1. Thank you so much for sharing you trips with us. I thoroughly enjoy your photos and the highlights of your adventures.

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