The drive from Rai Valley to French Pass leads along one of the most spectacular peninsulas of the Marlborough Sounds in an area, which on the map, looks like shattered glass, writes Jill Malcolm.
All too often we have left the ferry at Picton and headed straight for Kaikoura or Nelson, but this time we decided to spend some time in Marlborough. We were lucky and struck a perfect day for exploring the Wairau (or Vernon) Lagoons, just down the road from our park spot at Riverlands Roadhouse. The lagoons are part of an extensive wetlands area, sheltered behind a boulder bank at the south end of Cloudy Bay.