The road to Marlborough Sounds

Day 8 (29th of September) – our 11 year anniversary of being together!

[Note: I am using slow internet so apologies for the badly aligned photos and text – it is hard to edit wordpress with a slow connection!]

We awoke early in Kaikoura to see the sunrise – it was blocked at times by clouds, but we got a few pictures of it on the mountains:

This cloud soon burnt off to leave a glorious view from our balcony:

After I spoke to my parents on Skype (miss you both!) we took an early morning walk down to through Kaikoura to the beach. Here are some pics on the way through Kaikoura: We took some photos here while enjoying the amazing view.        After checking out of our lovely apartment (pictured) we had delicious breakfast (pancakes again!) at the Cafe Encounter and it was lovely. We stopped at the lookout as we were leaving Kaikoura and enjoyed the beautiful view. It was very windy here so we did our best with the pics!

We then started our drive to the Picton area which was right along the coast and we stopped off at a few places on the way. The first was Ohau Point Seal Colony just by the side of the road about 25km north of Kaikoura to see seals in their natural habitat.

A few hundred metres past this was the Ohau stream walk (highly recommended!) – where we saw gorgeous baby seals playing in the waterfall pools. Despite being a highly regarded secret lots of people have obviously found out about this and there were lots of people there. It was a stunning place! It was so great to see them playing in the water. My camera struggled a little with the light but I took a couple of pics:

We stopped at Blenheim’s Countdown to stock up on groceries and then drove up the SH6 to our holiday home in Linkwater (about 35 mins west of Picton). Our house is set in a beautiful area, so peaceful, with its own lambs and a pig called Jag!

We then drove into Picton on the stunningly beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound – this runs right atop the Marlborough Sounds and was very windy and scenic. We took some photos along the drive and stopped at some lookouts.

We also stopped at a gorgeous little cove called Governor’s Bay (well signposted from the road) – we walked down to this and had the beach to ourselves. It was lovely!

Arriving in Picton we walked around and had some food. We saw the Interisland ferry arriving from Wellington (it was massive!) and all the cars and train disembark. We had a lovely anniversary and are in awe of the beauty of this area.

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3 thoughts on “The road to Marlborough Sounds

  1. Elaine Kinnie

    Oh so beautiful. What a wonderful journey and I love the baby seals 🙂

  2. Pingback: South Island Highlights – Top 5 best kept secrets on South Island, New Zealand « Our Amazing New Zealand Adventure

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