In a VW Combi Van!
Cruising South to North
08.01.2013 - 08.01.2013 31 °C
Gary had arranged to meet the kids at 8:30 to collect eggs from the chicken coop. Never a chance Aimee was going to miss this, she'd been up since 7:30 waiting for Gary.
Very relaxed morning, we were under no rush as Kay and Gary said we needn't check out early as they hadn't a booking for tonight.
Another fantastic breakfast was served which included the eggs Aimee and Ollie had collected.
Our plan for today was to take the ferry from Picton which was only 40mins to the north of here. So we just relaxed around the cottage and enjoyed the orchard surroundings.
Kay came and gave us a fond farewell as she had another days work at the vineyard serving yet more wine.
We slowly got packed and Gary took the time to show us around the other cottage they own. This was 2 bed roomed and once again beautifully decorated. Apparently they were formally part of the old hospital and Kay and Gary put in a bid for them and won. They then had them trucked over, installed and renovated and decorated the cottages themselves. What a fantastic job they've done.
Anyway, time was pressing on as we hadn't noticed that final check in for the ferry was more than an hour before departure time. So we said our goodbyes to Gary and hit the road.
Oh! I should point out that once again the wind was picking up as the afternoon wore on. It's never ending in this place!
The drive to Picton was pretty short and we arrived spot on the final check in time.
Desperate for some lunch the lady at the check in let us back out again and drove to the local bakery to buy some sandwiches and cakes.
Not sure anyone in Aus would have been that relaxed!!
Anyway with lunch eaten we boarded the ferry. Aimee and Ollie went straight for the kids section and Mel and I grabbed a tea and coffee.
The weather was fantastic and the sail out of Picton past all the islands was stunning. It reminded Mel and I of our time in Norway amongst the islands of Bergen.
The two of us just relaxed on deck for the next few hours taking photo's of the sail boats, island and secluded properties as we cruised past.
We docked at Wellington harbour at 5:40 and headed into town. It was a tad strange pulling into a city like this after all the tiny villages and towns we'd been staying in over the last 14days.
Already we could tell the North Island has a different feel.
We didn't want to spend too long looking for accommodation and Mel found a motel in the heart of town. Initially they hadn't a family room but after discussion they did have something we could use.
It was a huge room with a double bed in one corner, two sofas a kitchen and a bathroom. Since the sofas could be turned into beds we went for it.
Aimee didn't think much of it and really missed the cottage we'd just come from which overlooked orchards and vineyards. This room had spectacular views of a set of Wellington's traffic lights!!
To be honest It was a bit of come down. Anyway we were in the capital city with all it's bars and restaurants and Mel and I both fancied a couple of beers.
So we walked down Cuba street though the pedestrianised area and found a bar next to a small play ground, ordered a couple of beers and attempted to relax while the kids played in the park.
No such luck, Aimee and Ollie just wanted to beat each other up and all we seemed to do was referee.
After a few more beers we walked around the rest of the area and found a Thai restaurant and got stuck into some Asian food over a few more beers.
It was pretty late when we got back and got into bed but still a very pleasant day.
Tomorrow we planned to go to the national museum, Te Papa and then embark on the long trip up to Lake Taupo.
Not looking forward to that journey, it usually takes 5 hours in a normal car. God knows how long it'll take in Big Blue!!
Oh! We asked the kids if they were enjoying themselves. Ollie just wanted to know how long before we get back to Brisbane!!
He's been very concerned about earthquakes ever since we got to NZ. We've been having to reassure him all along that nothing would happen!!