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Nelson, Abel Tasman & around Marlbourough Sounds

The day we lost Abel Tasman....

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10th January 07

We woke up to a down power of rain - the cloud was practically touching the pavement - it didnt bode well for lifting all day.

Still it was car hire day -so after the Omega girl lifted us we got our car and hit the road. We decided to head toward Nelson and see what we could see! Which was really not alot to be honest! We drove on toward the start of the Abel Tasman - which is supposedly one of the most spectacular areas in the south island - well l will have to take their word for it cos all we could see was a cloud! But like troopers we kept thinking positive thoughts - didnt work!

So we got a couple of postcard showing the area in its true sun shiny splendor - the water looked lovely in the post cards - we couldve went for a little swim if the weather conditions had been better!

So l took over the driving from Nelson heading back toward Blenhiem - this was my first time behind the wheel of an automatic car! Still l got the hang of it! It was hairy in parts - some of the roads were total S bends and needed total concentration, cos there was sheer drops on the other side of the road - not good for me and my fear of heights!

So we went to Blenhiem and found a Thai restaurant which was quite good! After finding a supermarket in Blenhiem we picked up food for breakfast and some beer (Macs low carb beer) l wasnt carded again (boo hoo!)

It was back to the Villa to pack up our gear and then sit and chill with a bottle of beer and write up my journal!

We ran into a Scottish guy (a BIG guy) who had cycled the length of the North Island and was now onto the South Island to see various Lord of the Rings sites! He went on a bit mind you (although lm sure his mother loves him!)

Oh and then l was attacked by the biggest most ugly flying cochroach in the world - that send me to bed quick smart!

Posted by Purdy 11:26 Archived in New Zealand

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