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Thursday, 4 October 2007 : Filed under: Marlborough E-Mail This Article

Blenheim
Blenheim vines and mountain ranges – Blenheim, New Zealand

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Comment by josh — October 4, 2007 @ 11:07 am

Heading north from Kaikoura our next stop was Blenheim, known for their Marlborough region wines (mainly chards). We rented bikes and headed out on a self-guided winery tour, a common activity in Blenheim. The photo above is from our ride. The mountain ranges in the background are found on many of the local wine labels.

There are hundreds of fabulous wineries in the region, but we made it to four before the end of the day. We got to Wither Hill, Cloudy Bay, and I honestly can’t remember the others. The wine was great, as is indicative of the region, and we ended up buying several bottles of wine.

That night we camped along a river just outside of Blenheim, where we cooked up our crayfish and several fish fillets and feasted on the river banks.

In the morning we woke up to find camper vans and other vehicles crowded every twenty meters along the river bank. Apparently this was a great river for whitebaiting, and the whole town had come out to get their catch. We got chatted up by some local fishermen and then spent the morning basking in the sun and listening to the ocean waves.


Crayfish cooking in the van


The river banks slammed with campers and fishermen


Local fisherman out netting for whitebait

Comment by dadman — October 4, 2007 @ 11:51 am

Great pic of the crayfish!! If I wasn’t full already I’d be hungry! I think I told you that Dr. Campbell (dentist) told me New Zealand wines are his favorite. but I don’t know exactly which ones we find over here.

Comment by dadman — October 4, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

btw what are chards?

Comment by josh — October 6, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

Chardonnays

Comment by andi — October 8, 2007 @ 6:02 am

Duuuuuuuude i freak out cray fish. !!!!!!!!!!! OH man and i got just shit in my fridge.

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