Wineries, lakes & pristine beaches

Pilar @ Lawson's Dry Hills winery

Pilar @ Lawson’s Dry Hills winery

The roadtrip in South Island began in Picton.  Picton’s foreshore has one of New Zealand’s most beautiful views.  Known for it’s ever changing colors & light. The town is also surrounded by lush forests of beech, manuka & fern, which cover secret valleys, secluded coves & hill top lookouts.  Pilar, a Spanish girl who travelled with me & owner of winery El Lagar de Isilla in Spain, was eager to visit New Zealand’s biggest wine region, Malborough, producing 60% of all New Zealand wines.  She visited some of the best wineries situated in Blenheim, a small town 25 km south of Picton.  And so we visited Fromm’s, Hunter Valley & Lawson’s Dry Hills.

Road to Nelson

Road to Nelson

After some wine tasting, we took the scenic road to Nelson.  The Nelson region is known for its sunshine, fine beaches, mountains & lush native forests.  The region is dotted with alpine lakes & national parks.  The city of Nelson is filled with colourful streets and is bordered by the sea, rugged bush-clad valleys and a fertile hinterland of pastures and orchids.  No wonder that all the city’s accommodation was packed.  Only the girls found a place in a hostel that offered them a ‘girls dorm’.  Luckily I rented a station wagon and the only thing to do was to find myself a nice spot to spend the night.  And I did… A few minutes from the center, I found a remote parking spot overlooking Tahunanui beach, Haulashore Island & the harbour of Nelson.  Beautiful views & a warm sunset made the whole experience unforgettable!

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