Marlborough Sounds and New Zealand Wine Country!

Our New Zealand adventure was winding to a close and it was time to stop driving and relax a bit – just what the Doctor ordered ๐Ÿ™‚

We reached wine country in the early evening and after a delicious dinner at our hotel’s restaurant we slept well and set out the next morning to do some tasting!! (That’s what it’s all about, right??!!)

Jeff as ever was theย chauffeurย and I provided the navigation ๐Ÿ™‚

We started at the best – Cloudy Bay! I think I’ve only tried Cloudy Bay wine 2 or 3 times (we lean towards bottles in the $10 range!!) but somehow when I knew we were going to New Zealand I got it into my head that we absolutely HAD to stop at Cloudy Bay. Despite a drizzly morning it did not disappoint! We were planning to ship a few bottles home but found out that to ship a case (in addition to the cost of the actual wine) would be $215…..not going to happen! So instead we bought two bottles to enjoy over the coming days and another two bottles to carry on board with us (or rather wrap in our clothes and check in our baggage) back home – we’re looking forward to toasting to something soon!

From there we went to the Twelve Tree Vintners Restaurant at Allan Scott wineries – honestly I’d say the food was better than the wine (which wasn’t bad….just ok)

Twelve trees vintners restaurant

We did another tasting at St. Clair Family estates and then headed over to Highfield Estates which we had heard has a beautiful view….it does ๐Ÿ™‚

view from tower highfield estate New Zealand

We finished the day at Clos Henri and after that I took a serious nap – those tastings sneak up on you!!

The next day we drove to Anakiwa – gateway to the Marlborough Sounds – and rented a 2 person kayak which the guy checking us out dubbed the “divorce-maker” – apparently people get in fights while trying to navigate it. Thankfully we had no such troubles (no doubt because Jeff is a very competent navigator and kindly compensated for my erratic paddling!) and had a lovely afternoon on the water

kayaking in Marlborough sounds


kayaking in Marlborough sounds

That night we dined at Herzog winery where they are known for their degustation menu. We didn’t spring for the full menu but enjoyed a beautiful and delicious meal in their cozy restaurant

The sunset was stunning

And then the cheese plate arrived and I hear angels singing ๐Ÿ˜‰

We didn’t hold back and had a slice of everything.

During our trip my Mom would email me and I’d be telling her about all the hiking we were doing and she kept saying that we must have each lost at least ten pounds. Two words, Mom – cheese plate. And another one – wine. I would say we probably came out about even for the trip ๐Ÿ˜‰

The next morning we got up early and headed south to Kaikoura for our final day!!