Last week we had the privilege of being able to explore the lovely little town on Nelson, NZ. This was our first time to the south island of NZ and we were very excited. The rumors are true: the south island really is majestic.
Our flight landed a little after noon on Saturday. We rented a car, checked into our hotel, and did a little bit of cruising around before dinner. We stopped by Tahuna Beach Reserve and took a little walk on the beach. So romantic 😉
Sunday we booked a kayak tour to explore the Abel Tasman National Park. There was a ton (at least ten) companies that offered kayak tours, I’m sure they were all very similar, but we loved Sea Kayak (just in case you were looking for a recommendation). The Abel Tasman is know for its beautiful secluded golden beaches, world famous coastal hiking trail, and granite cliffs. The hiking trails range from a couple of hours to a couple of days (I like hiking, but no way would I even be interested in a couple day hike.) To check out the trails offered click H E R E.
Our tour started with a three hour sea kayaking adventure through small little caves, and around Adele island (aka Seal Island in Olga’s mind). Our go pro was acting up and we couldn’t get close enough to the seals to get a good picture of them. We saw a few little seal’s bathing in the sun, and a little family with four little baby seals. It was so sweet. Can you tell I like seals?
After the kayaking portion of the tour, we docked our kayak at the Watering Cove to have lunch (included in the tour we purchased). After lunch we went for a swim and lounged on the lovely little beach. After we were done bathing in the wicked New Zealand sun, we started on our 3.5 hour hike back to Marahau. The weather this day couldn’t have been anymore perfect, a little on the hot and humid side. The hike through the brush offered some shade from the sun and a nice little breeze to cool us off. Of course we ran out of water half way through our hike and felt like a cartoon character stranded in the dessert. We had plans to meet with some friends for dinner, but right at the end of the trek was a perfectly positioned wood fire pizza place (talk about a perfect marketing strategy). Needless to say, we apologized to our friends for bailing on them while we stuffed our faces with the most delicious pizza known to man.
Day three we spent exploring the Marlborough wine region. I’m sure those of you following our blog are starting to think that we have an obsession with wine. Yeah, we kinda do. New Zealand is a very new wine growing region, but their wines are to die for! Marlborough is the top wine producing region in NZ, soooooooo we had to do a few tastings.
The vineyards we visited:
- Allan Scott Family Winemakers: The property is very homey and Spanish inspired.
- Fromm Winery: The whites were all very tasty, reds were not too impressive.
- Seresin Estate: Every single wine was unreal. Favorite: Chardonay
- Te Whare Ra: A married couple of winemakers own and operate this vineyard. Loved every single wine. They are very talented & you can taste that in their unique wines.
- Nautilus Estate : First time trying the “Albarino” grape. Super tasty.
- No 1 Family Estate: All champagnes/sparkling wine. They were very good, I’m just not a fan of sparkling wine.
After our wine tastings we head to a bar to watch part of the Super bowl. Both teams were so awesome it was hard to pick a side. Congrats to the Denver Bronco’s.
From here we head to Picton and caught the ferry to Wellington. More to come on those adventures 😉