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Cable Bay

Posted: February 19, 2023 in Uncategorized

My last road trip in New Zealand was to Cable Bay, which sounded like a fun, leisurely, 25 minute ride away from Nelson. Actually, the roads were extremely narrow, crumbling, with log trucks coming the other way! Rock slides on one side of the road, crumbling cliffs to the left. A challenge, but the scenery was beautiful.


The Trip So Far…

Posted: February 15, 2023 in Uncategorized

I started in Nelson and I am back in Nelson now. Well over 1000 miles, including the train ride. Top speeds on NZ roads are 60 mph, but many are half that, so I spent quite a few hours behind the wheel. I would’ve taken more photos and more videos, but there are very few places to pull over on the side of the road safely to do that. Still, it was quite the journey. I have one more full day in Nelson, and I’m not quite sure yet what I’m going to do. But it has been quite a ride!

No Corkscrew?

Posted: February 15, 2023 in Uncategorized

An amazing bottle of Hans Herzog Chardonnay and no corkscrew in my hotel room. And my Swiss Army knife was no help at all! So I used the old school technique of wrapping the bottle with a towel, and pushing the cork in with a spoon. Worked like a charm.

Many of the wineries now have restaurants and offer wonderful lunches with wine tastings. Saint Clair is one of the best!

Hans Herzog Vineyard

Posted: February 15, 2023 in Uncategorized

The best wines in Marborough are here. You can’t get them in the states. Super small production, sometimes literally one row of a particular grape variety. Quality, not quantity. Organic. All by hand. I am no expert, but some of the best wine I’ve ever had. We were here 12 years ago for a fantastic dinner, but they don’t do that anymore. I did get the private tour, though.

Ika Mata

Posted: February 15, 2023 in Uncategorized

Ika mata. A traditional dish of the Cook Islands, similar to ceviche. Raw fish, coconut, milk, lime juice.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted: February 14, 2023 in Uncategorized


Posted: February 13, 2023 in Uncategorized

Marlborough, New Zealand, is not just for wine anymore!

Misty Mountains

Posted: February 13, 2023 in Uncategorized

“So I’m packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
Where the spirits go now
Over the hills where the spirits fly, oh, I really don’t know”


Posted: February 12, 2023 in Uncategorized

The name literally means “eat crayfish” in Maori. On the east (Pacific) coast of the south island of New Zealand. Volcanic.