Another beautiful morning, Picton, New Zealand – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.
Thought for the day…” It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow” ” The secret of getting ahead is getting started”
New Zealand is home to the longest place name in the world…
It became independent from Great Britain in 1907, and unusually, has 2 national anthems. Wellington, which is the capital (although Auckland is the largest city), is the southernmost capital city in the world. New Zealand also has one of the highest numbers of golf courses per capita in the world. You will not find any nuclear power stations or snakes in NZ, as NZ is snake and nuclear free. And in the far south, you may find the tuatara, the world’s oldest reptile, which is largely unchanged for the last 200 million years.
Too many tourists rush through the New Zealand town of Picton, which is situated at the top of the South Island. Many tourists only see it as the ferry port when they arrive on the 3 hour ferry trip from Wellington on the North Island. But this small town of about 4000 residents is a great holiday base, offering watersports (sailing, fishing, kayakking, diving), cycling and also the famous nearby Great Walk, the Queen Charlotte Track. And the famous Marlborough vineyards, including such famous wines as Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, are only a short drive away. Some fine small cafes, wonderful fish & chips (a New Zealand tradition) and excellent accommodation make this an ideal stop on a tour around New Zealand.
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