A few days since our last post - for reasons I'll explain in a sec.
We arrived in Kaikoura last Saturday for the final leg of our campervan trip. You'd have thought we might have scenery exhaustion - never! Kaikoura I think was my favourite, with stunning turquoise ocean surrounded by snow-topped mountains. Seals, dolphins and migrating whales are all on show in local waters.
Leaving our campervan behind - thanks again to Sunshine Holidays for their beautiful van - we have just spent the week in and around Blenheim with our family (Martin, Heather, Abbie , Morghan and Coco the dog).
After a few days in their home town Blenheim, we headed to the Marlborough Sounds for some relaxing time on the shores of Kenepuru Sound in a beautiful big house with a private beach and stunning views.
It's very hard to understand (for us Europeans). This holiday home is the stuff of millionaires dreams, but for New Zealanders this kind of holiday is perfectly within reach and in fact quite the norm. It's so easy for us to be spoilt here!
There's nothing much to do here, except sit look at the view, take a boat out onto the Sound or eat and drink all the fine food we took with us. Oh, and there's no internet access so this has been the first time on our trip we've been out of range. Tough life, I know.
My brother and I went fishing (that's us in the boat in the image above). Every day for many hours every day. We caught two fish (his 2cm bigger than mine). We were pleased, but acknowledge that there is room for improvement....