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Picton to Gore Bay

via Blenheim, Kaikoura and Cheviot

sunny 20 °C
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From Picton we had a 30-minute drive to Blenheim where we wanted to visit the Marlborough Art Gallery. As is our usual luck, the main gallery was closed as a new exhibition was being installed. However the secondary gallery had a wonderful exhibition of New Zealand artist Don Binney's work


And while in Blenheim, I was able to purchase socks and underwear in a Countdown supermarket (Woolworths) to replace all the items I'd left in a drawer back in Nelson. The drive from Blenheim to Cheviot was along the spectacular Hwy 1 much of which was rebuilt in the amazing time of 13 months after the 7.8 earthquake in November 2016. The crucial highway reconnects the major road route between Picton and Christchurch


At Cheviot we left the highway for very small Gore Bay Road. We had booked a place called Cathedral Cliffs Garden on Cathedral Road but were a little bit stumped when we lost the mobile signal. Fortunately just around the next corner, a local was out walking and apparently the road we were on turned into Cathedral Road in a few kilometres. So after a big uphill effort by the little Toyota Yaris car, we turned into what looked line a botanic garden. The large house was built on the cliffs about 250 metres above the sea and our apartment at this wonderful B&B had a 180 degree view of the Pacific. The 5-acre property really was a botanic garden. There aren't too many proper B&Bs left in the world but this place reminded us of how good a B&B can be. If you're heading up the east coast of South Island, try to book in at Cathedral Cliffs Garden, 257 Cathedral Road, Cheviot (Gore Bay) - phone is +64 (0)3 319 8667


Posted by kforge 02:08 Archived in New Zealand

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