In Queenstown, I worked for a while with a lovely kiwi, Hilary. After a couple months, she moved to Blenheim at the top of the South Island. Since it was near Nelson and the Interislander Ferry, Gordon and I planned to visit her on our month-long trip after Abel Tasman, before heading to the North Island. It also happens to be right in Marlborough, one of New Zealand’s main wine regions, known principally for its Sauvignon blanc. So on Easter Sunday, we hit the road for Blenheim.
Gordon and I got to Blenheim while Hilary was on a holiday trip to the sounds, so we had a day to explore on our own. We had enjoyed our bike/wine tour of Central Otago in January, so we decided to replicate that in Marlborough. When we looked into some of the options, we found a place that rents tandem bikes. Well, Gordon and I just can’t be apart, so that was the clear choice.
Tandem bikes. Wow. They are a lot harder than you might think and require serious teamwork. I picked the back, hoping I could just sit and occasionally stop pedaling without Gordon knowing, but unfortunately that’s not the case. However, I was able to just pedal and not pay attention or steer, so I could multi-task, taking pictures or checking the map.
Before coming to New Zealand, Gordon’s dad bought us a beer from NZ to taste. This brewery, Moa, just so happens to be in Blenheim, so we stopped in addition to the local wineries.
We had a perfect day with fantastic weather and beautiful views, despite the sore bums and tired legs from biking.