After a few days of family fun, my sister and I managed to borrow a car and head out of town. But where to go?
Frankly, it was awesome. We paid $10 each for a personal tour (with a wizard elder, no less). It was SO WORTH IT. We learned about how the stones were arranged to follow the phases of the moon, frame various constellations, and other astronomical facts. Our guide John also told us about the various mythologies about the night sky - fascinating.
I can't wait to come back during one of their special events: solstice, equinox, Matariki... and check out the abandoned house on the hilltop behind!
It actually was a good weekend, despite the sad event. We stayed at BK's Chardonnay Motor Lodge in Masterton - it was quite new, and very nice. Quiet, clean, warm, and well priced.
At the boss's suggestion, we did indeed make a winery trip. Peppers Martinborough do a spectacular lunch for a reasonable price - the two of us had a starter, wine, and very satisfying mains for under $85.
Have you got a favourite surprise tourist attraction? Have you visited the Wairarapa?