An Australian couple brought their two boys to Blenheim this week so they could spend their first Christmas with their grandparents.
Nicola and Mark Waghorne, and sons Jasper, 5, and Leroy, 3, arrived on Christmas Eve and were playing on the beach at Ngakuta Bay yesterday.
Mr Waghorne said the 30- degree-Celsius heat on Christmas Day gave the children a chance to swim in their grandparents' pool.
"It was pretty hot, but they've got a nice courtyard and the boys loved it.
"It can be up to 40C in Melbourne at this time of year, but 30's still a hot day."
The family were travelling through the Marlborough Sounds to Awaroa Bay in the Abel Tasman National Park yesterday.
They will spend a week there before flying home on January 5.
Mr Waghorne used to work in the wine industry and had visited Marlborough before.
But he didn't have time to relax during that trip.
"We came through Picton and it was a pretty good drive. We almost went off the road at one stage because the view was so great. Marlborough's been awesome; how could it not be in a place like this?"
They had also spent a few days in Christchurch visiting other family members before travelling north.
- The Marlborough Express