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Finally made it to South Island! It was a very early morning start from Wellington – had to be at the Bluebridge Ferry terminal by 7am, which seems a bit excessive considering the ferry doesn’t leave until 8. The weather in Wellington was overcast, with occasional light drizzel and a fair wind blowing, so I was preparing myself mentally for a rough ride. As it turns out though, the weather on South Island was calm and sunny, making a stable boat journey soon after leaving Wellington. Rather a lot of backpackers trying to get some sleep on the sofas, and I wonder how many of them I’ll be catching the Stray bus with.
The final approach into Picton, through the Queen Charlotte Sound is spectacular, with the sea perfectly flat and the mountains rising up sharply. Once in Picton I take the Stray bus to Nelson, where I will be picked up and taken to a job kiwifruit picking – that is as soon as the fruit is ripe which could be any time in the next week. I book myself into the Tramper’s Rest, a very small homestay backpackers complete with tuned piano and free internet access. The perfect antidote to the very cheap but badly equiped hostel I stayed at in Wellington.« Previous post in category · Next post in category »