From Nelson, we headed on to Queen Charlotte Drive to take in the beautiful sounds of this part of the island. The scenery was spectacular, helped by the fact that it was bright, sunny day.
After a short walk along the drive, we tasted the local delicacy – whitebait – from a roadside vendor. And as is usually the case with roadside vendors, the whitebait sandwich was delicious!
Our next halt was at Picton, from where the Interislander ferry departs for North Island. But that has to wait for our next trip to New Zealand!
We then drove past Blenheim to Omaka – the site of the most unusual attraction we visited. With help from Peter Jackson, the Kiwi director famous for The Lord of the Rings films, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre features a collection of original and replicas of WW1 aircraft. It was worth the detour.
We then drove past the famous Marlborough wine region, but a halt here was not on our itinerary. After a halt to watch seals at Ohau Point, we reached our last campsite at Kaikoura.