Peter Yealands Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand

One of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand was the visit to Peter Yealands Vineyard.  The link below gives more information about Peters journey and success.  His wines will soon be found in the UK at Tesco’s and Sainsburys

http://www.yealands.co.nz/pages/yealands-estate/petes-story

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Kaikoura Seals, New Zealand

We skipped the stay at Kaikoura, the room was dark, I got a stiff neck looking for the sea view  and the motel manager was changing all the locks for an undisclosed reason.  We travelled onto Blenheim planning my dental strategy but not before we stopped at Oahu Point to check out the cute pups in the Seal Colony.

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Franz Josef, New Zealand

Our journey took us across country towards Haast Pass and then meandered along the coast to Fox Glacier.  We drove another thirty minutes to Franz Josef where we stayed in a hotel in the rainforest.

Underwhelmed by the local glaciers we took a rainforest walk to a lake reflecting Mount Cook.  Our day was not spoilt by the gentle breeze rippling the picturesque image since the sights and sounds of rainforest were exhilarating.

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Lake Wanaka

Not only is Wanaka the driest town in New Zealand, its charm makes it the fastest growing town in the country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wanaka

Wanaka was where my front tooth broke and a local dentist could only suggest she glue it back.  She did not expect it to last more than 5 minutes but the adhesive survived three days before the tooth fell out again.

Our motel apartment on the lake was close to the Ripponvale Vineyard and an easy walk into town where I gingerly ate Blue Cod and Chips in Speights Ale House.

http://www.wanakaspeightsalehouse.co.nz

http://www.rippon.co.nz

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown gave the world bungee jumping and encourages other extreme sports.  We had a go at lakeside walking!

Each evening we enjoyed a thirty minute walk to the centre of town where we dined at Botswana Butchery.

http://www.botswanabutchery.co.nz/queenstown

A cable car ride up the mountain overlooking Queenstown offered magnificent views of the lake and surrounding countryside.

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Glenorchy, Top of the Lake

We wanted to visit New Zealand for sometime.  What finally clinched it last summer was watching the six part TV drama Top of the Lake.  Elizabeth Moss recently won a Golden Globe for her starring role.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_of_the_Lake

The drive north from Queenstown is spectacular, full of beautiful landscapes at every turn.  To the right of the jetty are the much photographed trees growing in the lake.

http://www.glenorchyinfocentre.co.nz

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Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau is a staging post for trips to the sounds of Doubtful and Milford.  It has snow capped mountains and a lake with all the usual lakeside activities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Anau

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Five Rivers Cafe, Lumsden, New Zealand

The journey from Te Anau to Queenstown was full of spectacular landscapes but my principle reason for this post was our morning coffee stop at Five Rivers Cafe at the junction of H 97 and SH 6 near Lowther, Southland.

The coffee was the best we have had since leaving home, by the way New Zealand is a country that takes its coffee very seriously, the bakery was good and the lunches looked delicious.

http://www.fiverivers.co.nz

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