Romanticizing Marlborough

“It’s quite beautiful really. A honeymoon-ish kind of getaway with a lot of places to visit and some really nice wine to drink. I know what you’re thinking, that I’m here with Rishi. It’s depressing, I know, but Rishi’s a good sport. Also, kiwis are so much fun to be around. Every town that I go to has a kind faced gentlemen offering me some trip or ride or walk of a lifetime. Till now, they’ve all been trips and rides of a lifetime! I think I can do them again and again around the world, but nothing is going to match up to this complete joy ride that has been NZ so far.”

“We’re now in a place called Marlborough. It’s our first day here and we’re still planning out our itinerary. Initial comments – Marlborough basks in year-round sunshine, which makes Rishi a very happy man. The commercial hub of Marlborough is Blenheim, a very popular place for wine drinkers. Marlborough is NZ’s largest winemaking region with around 65 wineries and 290 grape growers. From the moment we set foot on this soil, we’ve been filling ourselves with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Have you ever heard of the Sounds? The Marlborough Sounds are a network of fjiord-like waterways, sheltered by steep hills, most clad in native and timber forests. We arrived at Marlborough by sea and passed through these coves and bays of Queen Charlotte Sound. It’s a wilderness of native forest and bush that reaches down to secluded beaches. You’ve got to see this place to believe it, it’s just awesome! Anyway, we’re planning on hiring cycles tomorrow and going on a trip to one of these wineries. More later…”

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