Month: January 2009

Wellington

It’s with a little sadness we leave the green house on the hill. It’s by far the nicest place we stayed and the hospitality was second to none. Just before leaving, we see a newly hatched Monarch Butterfly – which Ruth, the owner, will one day finish videoing from cocoon (better luck next time!) Wellington …

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Hawkes Bay

After a morning dip in the sea, we’re off on a wine tour around Hawkes Bay. First it’s Kim Crawford. Top Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Excellent nose. Then onto Black Barn. A small operation which doesn’t export. Good rose, 2005 Merlot and barrel aged Sauvignon Blanc. And lunch. Trinity Hill follows. Definitely the most professional operation …

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Napier

It’s a 250km journey South East to Napier. There’s a lot of roadworks on the way – I guess because the route reaches significant heights and is prone to snow in the winter. Just after midday we arrive at the Green House on the Hill,  very close to the town centre and with views overlooking …

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Rotorua

With an early start behind us, we’ve 450km ahead of us. This seems to be quite a big deal in NZ. Last night we discussed our plans with our neighbour. “450km? Hmmm – that’s a lot. I suppose you could just do it if you take lots of stops.” Most of the roads outside the …

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