If you've been following my blog for a while you will know that we usually go away somewhere for New Years, this year we visited Blenheim, with a bit of Kaikoura on the side.
We booked a bach (as we say in the North Island of New Zealand, I think the South Islanders would call it a crib and the rest of the English speaking world would say holiday home).
Actually our friend Shelley booked a bach, then she, Ross and their daughter all became sick and couldn't make it! So we shrank from a group of seven to four pretty much overnight. Which was a bummer for everyone.
We did also have a few adventures as well, first up was out day trip to Kaikoura which is a tourist town about two hours from Blenheim. I really wanted to go to Kaikoura to see Fyffe House, I read about it in the Heritage New Zealand brochure. The house was built in 1842 and if you're from Europe or Asia I'm sure that seems like pretty much last week, but in term of New Zealand history that's pretty much a million years old (New Zealand only became a country in 1840).
Also Fyffe House has been pink, and that's not a recent flight of fancy by Heritage New Zealand - its ALWAYS been pink.
The house was orginally painted in red led, white led and whale oil - that's why it is pink!
Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum, the museum seems to be a bit of a "work in progress" at this stage, it includes a World War I exhibit which includes planes and artifacts from that time owned by this guy, you may have heard of him, he's made a few famous movies. Over time they will be adding additional exhibits including planes from World War II.
Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop so this isn't a dusty old small town museum (although I'm pretty into those as well to be honest). Also some of the artifacts are pretty amazing - they have the Red Baron's jacket here as well as various World War I uniforms from both sides. Including some countries you never really hear the stories from (at least here in New Zealand) like a Canadian Uniform and one from the Ottoman Empire.
To finish off, here's a few more photos from around Blenheim and at Black Cottage.