Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Marlborough Sounds

While in Blenheim, we enjoyed a beautiful Sunday drive along the Marlborough Sounds, which is a network of sea-drowned valleys surrounded by forested peninsulas and islands. The Marlborough Sounds are located at the northern tip of the South Island (see map).

We drove from Blenheim to Havelock, which is a small town at the end of Pelorus Sound. Just outside of Havelock, we went on a short walk, which we all really enjoyed (the kids because they got out of the car and us because it kept the kids from mutiny). We then drove along Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton, which is a town at the end of Queen Charlotte Sound. Picton has a port with a terminal for the ferry that crosses the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

The drive was stunning. The weather was perfect. We enjoyed another stunning spot of New Zealand (we should get a commission from NZ tourism for the shameless promotion).

Queen Charlotte Sound from the road near Picton

Alisa enjoying the view from a bench on the trail near Havelock

The whole family at an overlook of Havelock

Alisa and Maya along the trail near Havelock

Life at the heels of 2-year-old twins