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    Picton

    by al2401 Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Picton's main claim to fame is that it is the port at the southern end of the Cook Strait ferry crossing. It is also on the edge of New Zealand's wonderful Marlborough region. Picturesque sounds and delicious wine tastings spring to mind.

    The town was named after Sir Thomas Picton who, as a military associate of the Duke of Wellington, was killed in the battle of Waterloo.

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    Queen Charlotte Sound

    by al2401 Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Queen Charlotte Sound is the second largest sound and lies parallel to Pelorus Sound to the east. With Picton at its head it is the route for the Cook Strait ferries.

    Grove Arm with and its head at Okiwa Bay has especially beautiful views from Queen Charlotte Drive.

    The sound is well known for its beautiful scenery and activities including hiking and kayaking.

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    Mahau Sound

    by al2401 Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Mahau Sound is a small arm of Pelorus Sound - the largest of the Malborough Sounds. It can be reached by boat from Havelock at the head of Pelorus Sound you can travel there by car along the road to Portage Bay.

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    Cloudy Bay Winery

    by al2401 Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    A New Zealand winery started by an Aussie! There are even Eucalypts and Aussie nativres in the garden. Aussies and Kiwis are competitive over most things they have in common - even wine!

    Cloudy Bay has been instrumental in establishing the Marlborough wine industry with its superb Sauvignon Blanc. Although the first production in 1985 was with purchased grapes, vines were planted soon after. Cloudy Bay also has a name for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.

    That Aussie link - Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. (from their website)

    There are a number of wines to taste and buy from sparkling to deep reds and if you don't want to carry it with you they will ship it for you.

    Open daily from 10am to 5pm except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Open after 1pm on Anzac Day.

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    Kenepuru Sound

    by al2401 Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Kenepuru Sound is one of the larger arms of Pelorus Sound - the largest of the Malborough Sounds. It runs parallel to Queen Charlotte Sound and sometimes only a small stretch of land of a few hundred metres separates them. However there is a rather steep range to cross. The Queen Charlotte Track runs along the ridge of this range.

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    Pelorus Sound

    by al2401 Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Pelorus Sound is the largest of the Malborough Sounds - a sound is a submerged river valley rather than a fjord which is a glacial valley.

    The sound was first surveyed by HMS Pelorus in 1838 and takes its name from this survey. A perlorus was an instrument used for navigation on sailing ships and was istelf named after the pilot used by Hannibal (~200 BC) - interesting!

    Pelorus Sound has a number of arms some as big as Kenepuru Sound and as small as Mahau Sound. The best way to see the sounds is naturally by boat but there are some roads and walking tracks

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    Picton Harbour

    by al2401 Updated Aug 14, 2012

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    Picton lays claim to two harbours - there is the main harbour which is the base for the interisland ferries as well as caostal fishing and trading.

    Lying parallel is Shakespeare Bay which is solely s cargo port.

    A fantastic view of the main harbour can be seen from a lookout on the Queen Charlotte Road. It is worth leaving a bit earlier for your ferry transfer to go to the lookout and watch the ferry arrive. It is amazing how it turns and reverses into its dock woitout the guide of any tugboat. Just don;t stay too long and miss your berth.

    The view overlooking Shakespeare Bay is taken from further along the same road.

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    Cloudy Bay Marlborough

    by JohanIsWeg Written Jul 7, 2009

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    Due to limited time, we visited three Marlborough wineries, of which the last – Cloudy Bay – was the most contradictory: the bouquet of an outstanding Pinot Noir turning tart after less than optimal service! In close proximity to Allan Scott on Jacksons Road nearer Old Renwick than Rapaura Road, our tasting began superbly with a Pinot Noir that conjured up images of lazy seafood lunches on stretches of lonely New Zealand coastlines.

    However, the experience turned sour when the attending staff member abandoned us right in the middle of our tasting. While another staff member belatedly came to our rescue and enabled us to finish our allotted selections, we refrained from any purchases.

    However, this may only have been a service hiccup, considering Cloudy Bay received a bronze award for service from an independent review in February and March 2009.

    Open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

    The Marlborough Wine Region with more than 130 wineries is New Zealand's largest wine producing region turning out 79% of the country's total wine production. Sauvignon Blanc is the predominant wine style (65%) followed by Pinot Noir (13%), Chardonnay (10%) and Riesling (6%).

    There is an excellent map of the Marlborough Wine Trail at http://www.wine-marlborough.co.nz/documents/MapSummer09smallfile_000.pdf

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    Allan Scott Wines

    by JohanIsWeg Written Jul 7, 2009

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    Due to limited time, we selected three Marlborough wineries, of which the second – Allan Scott – was the most aesthetically pleasing. The cellar door staff refunded our modest wine tasting fee after we elected to indulge in a bottle of Millstone Sauvignon Blanc 2008.

    Standard of service was friendly and only slightly marred by the return of incorrect change, which no doubt was an innocent mistake on the part of the staff member.

    Allan Scott’s Cellar Door is situated midway along Jacksons Road between Rapaura and Old Renwick Road, Blenheim. Open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.

    The Marlborough Wine Region with more than 130 wineries is New Zealand's largest wine producing region turning out 79% of the country's total wine production. Sauvignon Blanc is the predominant wine style (65%) followed by Pinot Noir (13%), Chardonnay (10%) and Riesling (6%).

    There is an excellent map of the Marlborough Wine Trail at http://www.wine-marlborough.co.nz/documents/MapSummer09smallfile_000.pdf

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    Tipping a Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc tipple

    by JohanIsWeg Written Jul 7, 2009

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    The Marlborough Wine Region with more than 130 wineries is New Zealand's largest wine producing region turning out 79% of the country's total wine production. Sauvignon Blanc is the predominant wine style (65%) followed by Pinot Noir (13%), Chardonnay (10%) and Riesling (6%).

    There is an excellent map of the Marlborough Wine Trail at http://www.wine-marlborough.co.nz/documents/MapSummer09smallfile_000.pdf.

    Due to limited time, we selected three wineries, of which the first – Saint Clair – turned out to be our favourite. Home of Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s most internationally awarded wine, we were particularly enamoured with Saint Clair’s 2008 Sauvignon Blanc.

    Standard of service was good. An independent review in February and March 2009, bestowed Saint Clair with a bronze award in this regard.

    Saint Clair’s Cellar Door is situated on the corner of Rapaura & Selmes Road, Blenheim, and open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. This earlier opening time suited us particularly well and is the ideal wine tour starting point if you have limited time.

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    Wine tour

    by kris-t Updated Mar 2, 2006

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    These depart daily and private charter is available. Let The Sounds Connection guide you so you can have a relaxing day.

    sure you have a fun, relaxed and informative day. All guides are wine lovers themselves and really enjoy sharing their knowledge

    Operates - daily all year round

    Full Day Wine Tour:

    Departs 10.30am and returns 4.30pm - daily - all year round.

    Discover the diversity of Marlborough's famous wine valley. You will visit approximately 6 - 7 venues. A winery lunch stop is included at your own cost. All tasting costs are included in the price

    Cost: $69.00 per person.



    Half Day Wine Tour:

    Departs 1.30pm and returns 5.30pm - daily - all year round.

    Immerse yourself in the heart of the vineyards. You will be collected and taken on a tour through Marlborough wine country. Visit approximately 4 - 5 venues, flexibility is the key, and we can usually accommodate your preference.

    Cost: $55.00 per person.

    Half Day Departs 1.30 p.m. Back 5.30 pm
    Full Day Departs 10.30 am aprox 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm

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    Go Walking

    by fishandchips Written Dec 14, 2005

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    There are numerous tracks around the Marlborough area - especially around Picton & the Marlborough Sounds. The Queen Charlotte track is very popular and can be accessed via boat from Picton as your start point.

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    Visit the Wineries

    by fishandchips Written Dec 14, 2005

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    There are a huge number of wineries in Marlborough. I have assessed a few on my Blenheim page so have a look there for details on each. Alan Scott is well worth a visit for both its wine & food so maybe a good start point.

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    and then..

    by pepples46 Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    back to the beaches, emty often only to share with a couple of seagull's,a flock of beautiful Tern's and the always present black head Shag....in the North Island the waters are warm, in the South fresh.around the Nelson Bay areas just perfect, enjoy!!

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    on parade

    by pepples46 Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    an exercise I love to watch, growing grapes thinking of wine. what a lovely drop they produce around here, white wine my favorite, Chardonnay actually. there are too many vinyards to mention, big ones, small ones..Boutique wine, costly so they are mostly exported. anyway..here is one, Oysterbay makes a great drop!

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