Andrew had a choice between eight field trips to attend during the last day of the New Zealand Planning Institute’s Annual Conference in Blenheim. He chose the “Southern Explorer” option, which took him to four places of development or proposed development.
His first stop was at a farm where the farmer and consultant explained many aspects of farming in the local area, including the search for water for irrigation (Marlborough is a very dry region), the use of wind turbines for electricity, protection of their lake and wetlands, and changes in products and livestock grown. The views were amazing from the top of the hill at the windmills.
Second, he got to tour the Yealands Estate, the largest New Zealand-owned vineyard, and got to taste a couple of their wines along with lunch. His third stop was Dominion Salt’s solar salt works at Lake Grassmere. The ponds collect salt from the ocean and supplies most of New Zealand’s salt. The trip’s fourth stop was Clifford Bay, the location of the proposed new ferry terminal to get to the North Island. The present ferry runs from Picton.
He had a good time, though the bus ride was a bit long. He returned back to the hotel room happy and tired, and had a little rest and relax before heading back to the Conference Centre for the closing dinner.
Tomorrow we head back south to Christchurch for our final night, and then an early morning flight back to Auckland and drive back home. We miss Tazmin and will be happy to see her and our gardens again, and we are very happy that Mike and Emily have gotten along so well with her and them during our absence.