We started the day with a lovely walk to the St Kilda beach, what a stunner of a beach with lovely soft fine sand. img_2251 I then drove 12km out on the peninsula to Larnach castle. It has an amazing history dating back to the gold rush period in the 1860’s and a sad back story, with Mr Larnach losing 3 wives to death and the first and second wives were sisters! The castle took 12 years to build and is absolutely spectacular in design and craftsmanship. img_2254 img_2258img_2257 It was a long day on the road, with us driving towards Wanaka and stopping short of Roxburgh at Pinders Pond (a freedom camp site), and gold mining excavation site bordering the Clutha river (NZ’s fastest flowing river). We have been travelling the gold mining trail, where the cycle trails were set up by John Key (NZ Prime Minister) as a way to encourage tourism in the last recession, smart move, they are exceptional and I see many cyclists every day bringing in money to the regions. img_2264

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My name is Sue-Ellen, I love creating things.
I started this blog thinking I would share some recipes and craft which I make when the opportunity arises.
Then my situation changed, and I decided to sell my house in Auckland, buy a campervan and disappear off down to the South Island and have a complete change of lifestyle, and look for a property to develop into a Bed and Breakfast.
The question was; where in the South Island? I figured the Northern area, as that is where they have the greatest hours of sunshine. But should it be the gorgeous Marlborough sounds or the Nelson/Tasman area?
So let me take you along for the ride and show off my gorgeous country on my crazy adventure. There are three of us on this adventure; Daisy, a wheaten terrier, Monty a schnoodle, and me.

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