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New Zealand wine country, ANZAC and cold...
Posted on 25-Apr-2005 18:37 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Blog.

You might be asking why this weekend (23-25 April) we had less updates than usual? This is a long weekend in New Zealand: the Monday, 25 April is the day we remember the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) that fought and died during the WWI. This is a even more special year, because 2005 is the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Turkey.

I arrived in New Zealand on Saturday afternoon, coming back from Australia in one of those flighs that leave at 6am (meaning having to be at the airport for International check-in at 4am and going through Sydney instead of a direct flight), just to go directly to the Wairarapa, a wine region just one hour drive from Wellington. We went there to celebrate some special family occasion, and relax.

We stayed in Martinborough, the heart of the wine production, famous for its Pinot Noir grapes. On Sunday some of us went out for a cup of cofee in the Martinborough Wine Centre, then we decided to go on a wine trail. First stop was the Margrain Vineyard, followed by an attempt to stop at Ata Rangi, which was closed (they close at 4pm!). No problem, continue to Te Kairanga, and driving back to Martinborough Vineyards. We didn't have time to stop on Vynfields this time, but it was open.

The weather was pretty much Winter like - very cold and with some rain, not what you see in those hot summer days there. Although winter is still a few months away, there was the first report of snow fall on the Rimutaka Hill road, and even some ice on the road when we drove back this Monday after lunch time. Actually there are reports of snow in the South Island, and some places had below zero temperaturs overnight - and it's still Autumn over here!

Back in Wellington now, and looking forward to check the Convergence Wellington 2005, a wireless and mobility conference and exhibition happening this week.

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