Ferry Ride

Day 16: May 4 – Picton to Wellington

Daily Distance = 2.97km, Trip Total = 527.81km, Today’s Climb = 10m

We had an early morning today to catch the ferry over to Wellington and the North Island.  It was a bit chilly in the morning, but we opted to sit outside on the ferry ride – it’s always nice to get the fresh air when possible.

The ferry ride was about 3.5hrs, it took over an hour to get out of the Marlborough Sounds.  And then across Cook Strait which was a bit choppy today.  We have learned that Cook Strait can be known for having strong currents and rough waters.  This area is subject to high winds from both the North and the South.  A local mentioned that the ferries will be closed on average about one day every couple of months due to rough waters.

Spotted my first train of the trip while waiting to check in the vehicle at the ferry in Picton

Spotted my first train of the trip while waiting to check in the vehicle at the ferry in Picton

A view of Picton from the ferry

A view of Picton from the ferry

It was a bit chilly, but still worth sitting outside :)

It was a bit chilly, but still worth sitting outside :)

A couple houses nestled in the hills

A couple houses nestled in the hills

Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds

Say g'bye to South Island

Say g’bye to South Island

Cook Strait

Cook Strait

 

When we arrived in Wellington we made a beeline for a parking lot where we unloaded my bike and said a temporary audios to my parents.  They were going to head north a bit and I was going to spend a few days in New Zealand’s capital.

I quickly picked up a bike path along the waterfront and cycled the few km’s to my accommodations for the next few days.  The rest of the day was spent relaxing and getting acquainted with my surroundings in the downtown core.

I was happy to recently receive a few photo updates of Dash from her sitters while I’m travelling, so thought I would share them for those who miss all of the Dash pics :)

Dash in her temp home

Dash doing well in her temp home

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2 comments

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    I must admit to being very nervous about the ferry crossing since I am very prone to sea sickness…fortunately for me we had a lovely smooth trip but I understand it can be very rough.
    I had enjoyed my time in Nelson but don’t have many memories about Wellington except the beehive government building. You will find the North Island busier and quite different than the South. Being closer to the equator there is a definite tropical feel to the landscape.
    When travelling I often stop at local legions where they make you feel welcome…some serve meals as well….and it’s fun to hear their stories which are amazingly similar to ours! Ride on Tami
    and be safe.

    • admin says:

      I am hoping with the tropical feel in the landscape, comes warmer climates when it rains! lol! Or that I continue to luck out and the rain mostly holds off while I’m on the bike….fingers crossed….! :)

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