Martinborough, North Island, New Zealand: We arrived in Wellington to much warmer weather (please let this heat last), and immediately headed up to wine country. Situated in the Wairarapa Region, the 20+ wineries making up the Martinborough growing region are all very unique. We visited Poppies, a lovely boutique winery run by a husband & wife team. The next day we headed to Murdoch James for a vineyard & cellar tour and tasting out on the sunny terrace.
Picton, South Island, New Zealand: After 16 nights on the wild & rugged South Island, we took the Cook Straight ferry over to the North Island. The 3-hour ride was beautiful, passing hundreds of small islands, inlets and bays, and even some dancing dolphins along the way.