We did it!
Today wraps up our month in New Zealand. Only five months later, but who’s counting?
We spent three days in Marlborough and our general plan was wake up, make breakfast, get a winery or two under our belts and head back to our cottage for nap (for Adelaide and for us). After nap we’d head back out to one or two more vineyards before they closed around 4.
Not pictured: our daily stops at McDonald’s because of that damn spicy chicken crunch wrap. Can stateside McDonald’s please catch up??
Some standouts vineyards were Cloudy Bay, Spy Valley (dumb name but actually had a pretty cool story behind it and the winery ended up being one of our favorites), Forrest (amazing rosé), Moa (brewery), Hunters and Allen Scott.
The pictures in this post were taken at Cloudy Bay and Hunters. Wine tasting turns out to be a pretty awesome thing to do with a toddler because you can sip wine outdoors while your tot runs around and steals grapes. The wineries in NZ were overwhelmingly child friendly, and many of them (if not all) had baskets of toys. We’d been to Napa when Adelaide was a baby and so many wineries didn’t allow children, so it was nice to not have to worry about that.
Also, we noticed the wines in New Zealand were significantly cheaper. Most bottles were in the $20 range, where as California wines seemed to be $60 and up.