it's rainy in kaikoura on the south island today, but that hasn't stopped us so far. we're enjoying our first day in the camper van. i've just kicked mike's butt in cards twice. on the way up here we did a wine tasting at pegasus winery. great savignon blanc/semillion. we'll enjoy it tonight with our cheese and baguette. the winery itself was a cool pink chapel-like structure with the most fabulous english garden.
speaking of wine, we'll be posting some wine notes and other observations du vin on our new website, so check there -- especially after this weekend's marlborough wine festival.
we had a gorgeous day yesterday in christchurch....sunny, mid-70s and not a cloud in the sky. it's a neat city -- we plan to go back on saturday for a rugby match, so we'll likely see more of it then.
tomorrow, we're headed up to the north tip of the south island for more wine tastings, and hopefully some beach time if the rain subsides. the ocean is so beautiful here -- very blue/green and clear. they say that sometimes in kaikoura you can see dolphins jumping off the coast. cross your fingers that happens tomorrow.
on a parting note, next time you to go to the airport, make sure you take your airplane tickets. i'm not saying anything incriminating, but suffice to say the airlines will charge you a 'stupid tax' if you don't have the proper documentation.