Platter, Picton and New Plymouth
16.05.2013 - 17.06.2013 18 °C
Martin woke early and did some exercise in the freezing cold (I think he is up to 250 press ups now along with an impressively large number of other elastic band stretching activities) I slept! We were on the road by 9, first stop Blenheim for a second go at the platters served up at Gesens: our new favourite vineyard! We tucked into the same meal as last time: we visited Blenheim 4 weeks ago when we arrived in the South Island and we both wanted a second helping. Enforce we said goodbye to the south and headed on our final leg back to Auckland.
The food and wine were as good if not better than I remember, smoked fish, meats and strong cheese accompanied by our favourite Riesling: yum!
We tapped away on their free Internet for a while before heading off to catch the ferry. In the ferry terminal we got chatting to another passenger who had a beautiful black lab cross, he had visited England and was singing its praises saying how he loved the culture, its always interesting to hear someone else's perspective and it wetted our appetites for returning home: in less than a weeks time- how exciting!
We sat for a while on the benches outside on deck, we were kept warm by the exhaust fumes from the ferry engine until the fumes got too much and started giving us head aches! We managed to get some beautiful photos of the South Island as it dissapeared in the distance before we headed inside.
On arrival in the south island we retraced the route we had taken previously until we headed north west towards our next destination: New Plymouth. On the outskirts of town we tried to find somewhere to park up and freedom camp for the night: it was probably the hardest place for finding somewhere to stay on our entire trip. After nearly getting stuck and turning around countless times we settled for a tourist information layby right on the side of the main road: not ideal but we were getting tired. We quickly prepared the van and got into bed. We are both looking forwards to sleeping in a normal bed where we don't have to build it every night!