Somewhere along the way I picked up a self-guided food tour brochure. It featured Makana chocolates, a boutique chocolate maker. Being a lover of chocolate, although I can go for a long time without eating any, I wanted to go to see some of their chocolates. They hand make many different varieties including fruit-filled, truffles, nut-filled as well as sugar free. They also make shortbreads and biscotti. We all bought some chocolates to take home. We were hoping we didn’t have to eat them all at once because we wanted to take them home to enjoy them.
Our next stop was the Vines Village, a village that has a cluster of shops such as a Quilter’s Barn, fudge shop, wine market as well as a fudge shop. I tried some olive oil as well but wasn’t interested in the quilter’s barn.
I would normally run a mile before I would be interested in an aviation museum but after seeing a story on a travel show about the centre I was looking forward to seeing it. They advertise that the centre houses a display like no other and they are right. It’s not your standard museum, it’s more theatrical and great to look at.
They have a display on the Red Baron, recreating the scene when he was shot down near Amiens in France. Another display shows a plane crashing and landing in a tree and the ensuing rescue mission. There are so many displays it took around two hours for us to see them all.
Today we had a two night stay with a friend of mine, Liz, and her family. Nelson is on the north coast of the south island and is very laid back. After driving -across more mountains and through Blenheim we arrived in Nelson. After relaxing with a lot of wine and a variety of cheeses we ate a lovely home-made dinner. That night we were able to sit back and relax and chat with Liz and Adrian.
The next day we had a nice, easy start to the day before driving to a beautiful seaside town called Kaitereri. The beach is rated as one of the best beaches on the South Island. We went to the Shoreline Cafe for lunch. They had a nice menu but the serves were far too big.
About a month before we arrived there had been terrible storms in the Nelson region, causing serious damage to roads and mountains. The photo above shows one such landslide.
On the way back to Liz’s house we stopped off at a winery to sample some of the regions famouse wines.