To the South Island……………

 

After the cricket in Napier, I drove south to Wellington to take the ferry to the south island; I spent a couple of enjoyable days there, it is a lovely city; great waterfront with lots of bars and cafes, Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand and a cable car up to the Botanic garden………….well they call it a cable car, but it is more of a funicular really, but, nonetheless it is a great way to visit the garden.

Wellington has an abundance of good restaurants, one of which I went to with Molly and Richard, who are good friends of Wesley and Kirsty and live in Wellington……….thanks for the introduction Kirst!……….they took me to a little Vietnamese restaurant that they frequent, and with both of them having traveled in Vietnam, we had lots to jabber about, when we were not cooing over the wonders of New Zealand…………

Yesterday (Sat 23rd) I dropped my hire car off at the ferry terminal in Wellington and boarded the ferry to the south island as a foot passenger; I picked up my next hire car in Picton on my arrival, and drove the spectacularly scenic coast road around the Marlborough sounds to Nelson; I then drove another few miles west of Nelson to Tahunanui beach where I am staying for a couple of nights……………

A quayside statue in Wellington, and below part of the waterfront……..

Leaving Wellington on the ferry………………….

and into the Marlborough sounds, the ferry enters the sounds best part of an hour before arriving in Picton, so, some beautiful scenery for the last part of the crossing….

Above and below, arriving at Picton harbour…………………..

Picton harbour and the bay from the road out……………and the remainder of shots in this posting were taken on the drive from Picton to Nelson………..

 

The drive from Picton to Nelson is a drive that can be comfortably achieved in an hour and a half, but it took me over three hours, as I was continually obliged to stop and stare…………………… as I was confronted by panorama after panorama, the scale and emptiness of which, leave you breathless in wonderment……………..what a drive, what a way to arrive, thank you, south island, for welcoming my return in such a spectacular way, on such a beautiful sun-drenched day……………….

 

4 thoughts on “To the South Island……………

  1. Hi what’s there to say! Are you sure you are you are going to spend enough time there! I am sure you are going to make a good few of your bloggers think a visit to N Z a must! Enjoy the next few days! Lots of love xx

    • Hi Liz………no, I probably have not allowed myself enough time here; the only redeeming factor is that it is much more expensive here than I had anticipated, so my budget is taking a real battering XX

    • Yes,Yada……….one two three diving (*_*)………< <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>> “^^”