Posts tagged “North Island

Martinborough wineries

Posted on January 31, 2014

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.

Ferry crossing to the North Island

Posted on January 31, 2014

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.