Hawkes Bay Today. New Zealand

Sean Blocksidge stepped out of the corporate world three years ago to boldly launch The Margaret River Discovery Company, with a mission to help visitors discover the “real” Margaret River. He rolls up to my accommodation in a shiny 4WD vehicle with a broad smile on his face and calmly tells me he was voted Western Australia’s Top Tour Guide at an award ceremony the previous evening.

We begin the day with a serene paddle on the river under overhanging paperbark trees. The scene is so tranquil that the marron, brim and mullet are resting on the bottom in a languid state and dragonflies are hovering in the heat haze. Sean explains that this is just an appetiser, as we are going behind the scenes at Cape Mentelle vineyard for alight degustation lunch …..

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