Marl­bor­ough Def­i­nitely Has the WOW Fac­tor!!

NZ Today - - LETTERS -

Af­ter recog­nis­ing the scene on pages 22-23 of NZTO­DAY 53 and read­ing what you so ably de­scribed about your Pelorus cruise Sarah, my hus­band and I felt com­pelled to re­visit our favourite Sound again while the sum­mer was still upon us.

As we had shed our own toys a few years ago af­ter sev­eral sum­mers in that Sound, the Grape Es­cape sounded just the right sort of boat for us and the weekend was PER­FECT!

From scal­lop­ing, shuck­ing prac­tise and catch­ing cod lim­its for de­li­cious din­ners and break­fast fare, all in the com­pany of the hos­pitable and won­der­ful Ken and Erin Giles, the weekend was ex­tra­or­di­nary and all that you de­scribed! We too had white­bait frit­ters for break­fast – my hus­band said if Sarah had them, he would ask too as loves them along with the fresh lunch mus­sels we en­joyed – all 4 kg of them be­tween us! The weather was per­fect and our overnight in World’s End bay was a du­pli­cate of your ex­pe­ri­ence but we had an added bonus – dol­phins swim­ming along­side Grape Es­cape on the 3 days we were out in the Pelorus and in Ten­nyson In­let.

Just mag­i­cal and we would highly rec­om­mend both the area and the bou­tique cruise with Erin and Ken as they are such great hosts and the bub­bles, beers, Dram­buie night caps and won­der­ful meals made a long weekend seem to go on for­ever. The cabin with en suite and af­ter a day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, meant we had the sleep of the just on the comfy bed.

Thanks again for your rec­om­men­da­tion and we are plan­ning another trip to parts of the Sound we did not see this time, as well as go­ing to the Have­lock Mus­sel Fes­ti­val on March 15th. Geral­dine Mas­ters, Christchurch ED. So glad you ap­pear to have en­joyed your cruise ex­pe­ri­ence as much as I did.

The Grape Es­cape

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