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Kaikoura Earthquake 2016 - updated

14-11-2016 00:04 A.M.

Travel update 27-07-2017

State Highway one linking Blenheim and Christchurch is open with delays as roadworks and landslide clearance continues.

Travel update 21-12-2016

As of today, Kaikoura can now be accessed via State Highway one from Christchurch as well as by the inland route from Culverden. You can expect minor delays as road crews are still working to improve sections of the highways, but the people of Kaikoura will be delighted to see you.

Travel update 18-11-2016

The inland resort town of Hanmer Springs is slightly damaged but has re-opened for business. All pools are open, including the water slides and accommodation.

For anyone planning on using the Kaikoura Earthquake 2016

Highway 6

Blenheim to Invercargill – 1021 km

Blenheim – Nelson, Nelson – West Coast, West Coast – Central Otago, Central Otago – Southland

Break time in the Marlborough Sounds

This is a long scenic drive that could be squeezed into two days, but as a holiday it can take a week or more. Typically anyone travelling this entire route will commence the journey at Picton after having crossed the Cook Strait on one of the ferries, or driven north from Christchurch to Blenheim on highway one.

If commencing this route from Picton, the more popular and very scenic route is Queen Charlotte Drive, It’s a shortcut across to Havelock. This road is very winding in places, but there

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Blenheim

Blenheim is the regional centre and largest town that almost all Picton ferry bound traffic must pass through.

Around Blenheim you will find many small boutique wineries and larger ones like Montana Wines. In fact at this time, farmers are tearing up orchards and planting more grapes for wine production.

The town is relatively quiet with social activity cantered around the bars and wineries. It does have a cinema complex and a wide range of accommodation.

Other places of interest are Seymour Square is the picturesque park of carefully tended floral gardens with a 15 m high historic stone clock tower and a memorial fountain that features a lovely multi-coloured display at night. Whether picnicking, strolling

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Molesworth Station

New Zealand’s largest farm

The old Molseworth homestead Image by Anne

At over 1,800 square kilometers and located behind the Inland Kaikoura Mountains in South Marlborough, Molseworth is managed by the Department of Conservation with Landcorp Farming Limited responsible for farming operations under a lease agreement.

This farm is also a research base for government science programs, such as research into bovine tuberculosis and related research on opossums.

There are many walkways and tramping trails with access from Nelson Lakes, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura and Blenheim. There is also an annual cycle event through the farm and there is limited access on the Acheron Road through Molesworth Station. It’s typically

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Havelock

Cockles and mussels alive, alive oh

Havelock is a small town with a population of around 500 located at the head of the Pelorus Sounds, where the Pelorus and Kaium Rivers join. It’s a great coffee stop on the drive between Blenheim and Nelson.

Colourful down-town Havelock

Once a thriving town at the centre of the timber milling industry, today, it is better known for its small boat harbour and its harvest of green-shelled mussels, and also for being the gateway to the beautiful Pelorus Sounds. The town itself is small and it’s a place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the major centres. However, it is well-equipped for its

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Cook Straight Ferries

Crossing Cook Strait

The calm waters of Marlborough Sounds

New Zealand’s Cook Straight separates the North from the South Island. This stretch of water has strong currents, and often very strong winds make for some rough crossings.

But when the weather is too rough, crossings are cancelled. If you are concerned abut rough crossings, note that half the journey is made through the protected waters of Marlborough Sounds and Wellington Harbour.

The ferries have large & spacious ferries and when the weather is kind, passengers can travel in ocean comfort and stroll or sit out on the decks. There are many great photo opportunities.

In Picton the “Interislander” ferry terminal is beside the town centre and a short walk

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Marlborough

Big wine country

Marlborough is a popular year round holiday destination and is renowned worldwide for it’s natural beauty. It has a low rainfall, hot summers and mild winters. Picton and Blenheim are the main towns, with Picton being the centre of Marlborough Sounds water activities.

Picton is located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, and is about 17 nautical miles from Cook Strait and serves as the South Island terminus for the interisland ferries. It is always busy with ferry traffic and it has a wide range of accommodation. There are water taxis and tours, scuba diving, horse riding. There are large numbers of pleasure boats and several marinas offer which permanent and casual

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