Twins relish Marlborough prize
For Opotiki twins Anne Looney and Mary Carpenter winning a trip to Marlborough for the Hunter's Garden Marlborough event at the weekend was just the "beautiful pick-me-up" they needed.
During the past year the sisters have had to endure the loss of their mother and brother in quick succession but said this trip had lifted their spirits.
"We just can't stop smiling," Mrs Carpenter said. "We have been treated like absolute royalty from the start."
The Bay of Plenty women won the trip after Mary's daughter entered them in a Weekend Gardener magazine contest to win an all-expenses paid trip to Hunter's Garden Marlborough.
"We've never won anything like this before - it has just been amazing," Mrs Looney said.
Their prize began with a ferry trip from Wellington to Picton on Thursday, with the weather and sea conditions making for an enjoyable voyage.
They had Friday to themselves to explore Marlborough, with a car provided as part of the prize package.
Both sisters are avid gardeners and keen floral artists, and said they were impressed with what they had seen in Blenheim.
"Even just at the registration there were such beautiful floral art displays.
"The parks that we have seen are also so beautiful. We haven't been to Blenheim before but we will definitely be back," Mrs Carpenter said.
The twins were also full of praise for the hospitality of the town and its "stunningly beautiful" surroundings.
During the weekend they had planned to make the most of enjoying the various gardens, sights and sounds of the Hunter's Garden Marlborough event, as well as the fete, before heading home last night.
The Marlborough Express