a holiday from our holiday
We wrapped up our road trip by returning to our friends in Christchurch, who then took up on a road trip up north, to the Marlborough region, where they have a holiday home (a "bach") on Queen Charlotte Sounds.
It finally felt like true summer in New Zealand.
We drove to vineyards - for the Marlborough region's famed sauvignon blancs - and had a merry time trying out wines, eating, and buying wine home of course.
We also went to a place called Mussel Pot, for obvious reasons.
The skies in New Zealand are sights in their own right.
Kaikoura was unexpectedly tropical in colour.
But of course in the tropics you wouldn't see seal colonies.
With just two nights in Marlborough, we barely scratched the surface of its charms. But I relished the laidback vibe because it made for such a pleasant contrast to the dramatic sights that dominated most of our trip, and provided the perfect note to wind down to our inevitable departure for home.
* I'm actually on holiday in Indonesia with my family right now, and this is a pre-written scheduled post. Happy Lunar New Year to everyone who observes this holiday, think prosperous thoughts!