Greymouth

Greymouth is a small town where many people start or ends their scenic train journey, crossing to or from Christchurch, or stopping by from your journey from North towards South through the west coast. It was also a stop-for-the-night place for us before heading South.

Check out more at http://www.greydistrict.co.nz/

Accomodation: Gables Motor Lodge

Picture source: Gables website

Location:
84 High Street  Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 768 9991

Website: http://www.gablesmotorlodge.com/

Price range: ~NZD40-50 per person (includes free limited internet usage)

Blenheim

Being part of the Marlborough region (the largest winemaking region), one of Blenheim’s attraction is the wine industry and is famous for Sauvignon Blanc. We make a stop at one of the famous brand. More on Blenheim athttp://www.cityofblenheim.co.nz/.

Brancott Estate

Location:
180 Brancott Road, Brancott Vineyard, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 520 6975

Website:
http://www.brancottestate.com/

Cellar door hours: Daily 10:00 – 16:30
Restaurant hours: Daily 11:00 – 15:00

You can taste some wines or have some food while enjoying a nice view. There some range of wines can be tasted for free and some are charged at NZD10 per person and deducted from your wine purchase.

 

 

 

 

Havelock

Havelock is a place for green shell mussels. It’s a must-stop-by place for the mussels.

Mussel Pot

This is a famous place to have mussel in Havelock town. Unfortunately, they were closed for the winter when I was there. Visit them and tell me how was it!

Location:
73 Main Road, Havelock, Marlborough, New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 574 2824

Website:
http://www.themusselpot.co.nz/

They open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Slip Inn 

Luckily there is another place to go to.

Location:
Havelock Marina, Havelock, New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 574 2345

Website:
http://www.slipinn.co.nz/

Hours: Daily 08:00 – late

Sample Mussel Platter (NZD19.50 platter for 2)
A platter of mussels with 7 flavours – Kilpatrick (bacon & melted cheese), Garlic butter, Pesto & feta, Sweet chilli sauce, Honey mustard, Parmesan Crust.

They are all delicious and fresh!. I’m speechless. You will want more!

Dozen steamed whole shell mussels in white wine, fresh garlic and herb (NZD18.50)
You are not eating mussels if you don’t try the steamed mussels. You can taste the freshness of it with a little dip in the broth.

Picton

Taking the Interisland Ferry crossing from Wellington (North Island), brings us to the first point of the South Island, Picton. It was a passby for us but you may check the place out at http://www.picton.co.nz/.

A little about the ferry

There are 2 companies that runs the ferry across both island, Interisland ( http://www.interislander.co.nz/ )and Bluebridge ( http://www.bluebridge.co.nz/ ). It is about 3 hours ride, charged by per passenger (~NZD69 per person per trip) and per car (~NZD130 for a 8-seater car per trip). Each type of car is charge differently. You may want to ask your car rental company for a package deal if you’re driving cross island.

There’s food and drinks sold on the ferry.

Wellington

The capital city of New Zealand. It’s a very gloomy day when we reach Wellington. We go right up the hill for a good view of the city, a view that is so familiar even you have never been there before.
You can either drive right up or take the cable car from Lambton Quay up the hill to Kelburn lookout.
The Wellington cable car has started servicing since 1902. It runs every 10 minutes from 07:00 – 22:00 on weekdays, 08:30 – 22:00 on Saturday and 09:00 – 21:00 on Sunday and public holiday at NZD6 return for adult ( http://www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz/ ).
Up the hill at Kelburn lookout, you can also visit the Cable Car Museum (Daily 09:30 – 17:00), botanic garden, and Carter Observatory & Planetarium (Daily 10:00 – 17:00, except Tuesday and Saturday close at 21:30 and Sunday at 17:30; with admission charge) ( http://www.carterobservatory.org/ ).
Accomodation: Mercure Wellington
Picture source: Accorhotels.com
Location:
345 The Terrace  Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Tel: +64 4 385 9829
Website:
Price range: ~NZD40-50 per person (including free internet usage at lobby only).