Into the South Island

We woke to a cooked breakfast, and then into Wellington to look at boats and water races, to go into the portrait gallery and then meet up with one of Matt’s scrabble friends (who was very lovely indeed).

We checked the car into the ferry queue and booked in. On arrival we booked a room so we could rest. The views on desk were epic on leaving Wellington and arriving at Picton. We arrived over an hour late which speaks of the very choppy and rolling waters. We then picked up our tire heels, chasing the sunset but did stop to grab cow pictures (thank you Matt) and a beach with waves twice the height of Matt. The holiday cottage is beautiful and faces mountains so our view is breathtaking. The owner talked of the road being cut off for 18 months as the cliffs and earthquakes ripped away the roads. We were escorted in convoys on sections of the road as a new road is carved into the mountainside.

Today, we are heading to Queenstown by lunchtime (about 2 hours drive away) and then another 2.5 hours to Timeru. The landscape is dramatic. Our view from the cottage is snow covered peaks of mountains.