Thursday, April 12 2018

 Again a travel day. Getting all my stuff together, cleaning up the apartment and starting to walk into town around 8:00. I have enough time to get a breakfast and of course I go back to the Swedish cafe. :)

The bus leaves at 9:45. I get a mail from the ferry company that, because of a heavy storm the day before, the ferries still are late by 1-2 hours. I don’t need a storm, please!

Onto the bus. The trip will take about 2h 45m. The bus driver is far from the one I had on my way to Nelson. So this time I hide under my BOSE headset and listen to my audio book. But the landscape we drive through is fantastic.

A shot out of the buses window
A shot out of the buses window

The bus terminates at the ferry terminal in Picton. I check in and leave my big luggage (that gets into the hold) and am free to take 2 hours in the town of Picton. This is a small town that only seems to live of tourists and travelers who come with the ferry. Not a bad town. Small, some minor shops and eateries.

Main street in Picton
Main street in Picton

I get my lunch at a local Cafe and it was OK. Enough to get me to the hotel and over night. Back to the ferry terminal. I see the ferry coming into the harbor. We have to wait a little bit longer. In the end, the delay is 1 hour. We will arrive in Wellington at 19:00.

View on Picton from the ferry
View on Picton from the ferry

The ferry has not much to do for a 3,5 h journey. 1 bar, 1 cafe, 1 bistro and a souvenir shop as well as some sitting areas (you can upgrade to better seats and even for a lounge). I start my trip on the sun deck on top of the ship. Nice view, a little bit windy. Even the sun comes out for a bit.

The ship sets sails and wen leave through the beautiful landscape on both sides. The south island is so different. I have to come back some time – who pays the trip for me? :D After some photos and filming I find a seat downstairs and write a little bit in preparation for my blog.

New Zealand's landscape - south island
New Zealand’s landscape – south island

As soon as we get out into the Cook Strait, you can feel the up and down of the boat. Recognizable, but not that bad. Again I find a seat and listen to my book.

On the ferry - Deck 10
On the ferry – Deck 10

Arrival i Wellington in the dark. It has started raining. After some waiting my luggage comes out on the belt as one of the last. I don’t intend to walk to my hotel so I use the Uber app again and my car arrives after 5 more minutes.

Approaching Wellington
Approaching Wellington

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington is located close to the parliament. A nice lobby, I am a little bit disappointed of the room, especially the bathroom. But the price was reasonable for Wellington and much better then a shared room at a hostel.

The Thorndon Hotel in Wellington, room 309
The Thorndon Hotel in Wellington, room 309

Some videos and the bed time – I didn’t do much today, but am tired.

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