Loving gesture goes a long way
A dozen red roses have travelled across land and water as part of a romantic gesture by an American tourist holidaying in the Marlborough Sounds.
Bill Halmi wanted to give his wife Chelsea Halmi a Valentines Day to remember so he arranged for a bouquet to greet his wife at the end of the first day of their tramping holiday along the Queen Charlotte Track.
Dr Halmi enlisted the help of his tour guide Wilderness Guides Picton to arrange the romantic surprise.
With military-like precision, a bouquet, balloons and Happy Valentines Day sign travelled from Flowertime On Scott Street in Blenheim to Picton harbour and then by water taxi to No Roads Inn, where the Halmis were due to arrive this afternoon. The couple, from Arizona, have been married for seven years.
The soft-hearted soul told the Express he wanted to show his love during a romantic break in the Sounds.
"No gesture is too grand - she most certainly deserves it and more," Dr Halmi said.
"She is my perfect soulmate. She is the force in my life that brings me happiness and makes the future look bright. As much as I try to do things for her she gives me 10 times in return.
"The Queen Charlotte Track is the highlight of our trip. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Valentines Day with my wife."
Wilderness Guides owner Juliet Gibbons was happy to oblige the lovestruck tramper.
"Of course we said yes to such a romantic request. How romantic, and what lengths to go to - these were very well-travelled flowers by the time they got to their destination," she said.
Dr Halmi's idea of a tramping holiday seems to be a popular idea for couples. Thirty-two per cent of people from the Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough area said they went for walks with their partner to keep the relationship alive, according to a poll by Durex.
The Marlborough Express