Marlborough, New Zealand

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  • Wither Hills, like the Sahara
    Wither Hills, like the Sahara
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  • Rai Valley Pioneer Cottage
    Rai Valley Pioneer Cottage
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  • pink coloured Lake Grassmere
    pink coloured Lake Grassmere
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    Lake Grassmere - pink colour

    by vtveen Written Apr 12, 2006

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    pink coloured Lake Grassmere
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    Driving south from Blenheim we passed the rugged Wither Hills and the interesting double bridge over the River Awatere. Suddenly we saw a strange coloured lake.

    This is Lake Grassmere, which has a more or less pink colour. This colour is caused by a micro organism, which changes its colour in salt water. And Lake Grassmere has salt water, because there is no river flowing into the lake. Nowadays it becomes its water from the sea in several ponds. Sunshine and a often blowing warm winds cause a strong evaporation.

    The salt crystals are transported to a salt plant next to the lake. You can see the huge white 'hills' of salt from the main road.

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    Kenepuru Sound - so beautiful

    by vtveen Written Apr 11, 2006

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    Kenepuru Sound, seen from Portage
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    One of the most out-of-the-way sounds is Kenepuru Sound. Accessible from Linkwater along the road between Picton and Havelock (Queen Charlotte Drive). There starts a very winding and narrow road to Portage along the Mahau and Kenepuru Sound. Drive very carefully !!!!

    From Portage, with a luxury resort and a typical 'Kiwi' shop with a petrol station, there are really splendid views over the Kenepuru Sound. It is also a good starting point for walking (parts of ) the Queen Charlotte Track; one the most famous tracks in New Zealand.

    We walked a part of the track from Torea Saddle. Coming from Portage we went to the left and had to climb a hill. From the beginning we were surrounded by lush green forest with much impressive tree ferns. There are several openings in the forest and we had some spectacular views on the sounds. As well to Kenepuru Sound as to Queen Charlotte Sound and later even to Picton. We had lunch on an open ridge and turned back on the same track. (It is also possible to walk from the saddle to Te Mahia Bay, but you will need transportation to return.)

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    The Rai Valley Pioneer Cottage - no luxury

    by vtveen Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    Rai Valley Pioneer Cottage

    We visited this small cottage on our way from Nelson to the Marlborough Sounds. It is situated in the settlement of Carluke, a couple of km's from SH 6 at a turn-off close to Rai Valley (almost 50 km's from Nelson).

    This pioneer cottage was built in 1881 by the first European immigrants in this part of the country. 'Off course' it is made of native timber, including the roof. It is more or less a 'self service' museum and we had to look through the windows and from some viewing bays. We got a good impression of the live of the settlers in those days. And for sure they didn't have a luxury life.

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