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.