Tuesday, November 24, 2009

South Island - Our Intrepid Journey Day 33 - 39 20 – 26 November 2009

Blenheim – Picton – Elaine Bay
2 nights – 1 night – 3 nights

After six nights at Whites Bay it was over the hill, past Rarangi Bay.

This was the wide part of the hill road.

And on to onto Blenheim to check out the Farmers Market.

And the characters that really make it happen.

Recycling old drink bottles.  He tells me he can’t make them fast enough.

Whilst at Blenheim we stayed for two nights at the race course, $5 per night.

Leaving for Blenheim we stopped off at the Wairau River to see if any trout were willing to join us (for dinner). 

Just kidding.

At Picton we parked over for the night at the RSA,cost $0, and after getting all our ducks in a row.

We headed to Aussie Bay.  Right by the main road with a very steep entry it wasn’t the place for us to stay.

On the way to Havelock which was our lunch stop after Aussie Bay we stopped at a lookout that even on a flat light day we were treated with this sight.

We made the decision that we would head to Elaine Bay to spend three nights.  First it was over the Pelorus River 

The bridge sign says it all.

Past some very large estuarine flats.

For another hour or so to our next stopover, 3 nights, at Elaine Bay S41.05540 E173.76982

From the Piwakawaka track looking back into Elaine Bay.  The small white blob central is us.

The locals we most friendly.

Even came inside with out invitation. One actually walked right past us and down the passageway.

A very picturesque safe mooring area for a number of boats.

One of the walks is to Piwakawaka Bay.  1.5hrs return.

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