The dreaded ferry crossing

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On the ferry

Yesterday we spent the day travelling to Wellington, staying at a campsite just outside of the city.  Today we were up at 5.30am (!).  We arrived at the ferry terminal just after 6am, dropped off the car and checked in.  The weather is looking good, blue skies and sunshine.  We boarded at about 7.45 and got some seats with floor space in preparation for the rough journey (last time we did this trip waves were coming over the boat and people were being sick all over the place).  We set off at about 8.30 and within 30 mins we were in some big swells - it wasn't looking good for when we got onto the open sea.  We got some good views of Wellington and the settlements along the coast as we left.  Emma saw a school of dolphins swimming alongside the ferry.

The BIG ferry
  The crossing was actually very good, there were a few waves but nothing that unsettled our stomachs.  It was a clear day and we could see the South Island within an hour of setting off.  We soon reached the Marlbourough Sounds which were fantastic - islands and coastlines of bush covered mountains and every now and again we could see secluded little houses that were only accessible by boat.  We arrived in Picton at about 11.30am.

Once we had disembarked, Emma went to get our bags whilst Diane get to get the rental car, within 20 mins we were driving out of the ferry terminal, heading to Blenheim and the Marlbourough wine region for a vineyard lunch.

  We briefly stopped in Blenheim to call in at the info centre.  We couldn't find it but did manage to pick up a parking ticket for parking facing the wrong way!  We drove towards Renwick and all the vineyards, and made our way to Hunters vineyard where we had lunch.  It was quite delightful.  We shared a merlot whilst eating homemade pate, and then drank reisling - Diane had smoked salmon on a bed of pad thai and Emma had a smoked chicken pie with salad.  To finish Emma had creme brulee and Diane had the cheese board.

After this we headed towards the wine shop where we just happened to arrive after a tour group, and we were invited to join in for some tasting.  We started with bubbly, tasted three different whites then rose followed by the reds and then a dessert wine - all for free.  We were in no fit state for any more so bought a bottle of reisling and headed to the hostel to check in.

Watsons Way backpackers is a great little place with a large garden area including hammock, really good facilities and the hosts really friendly. We booked in for two nights. Spent the rest of the afternoon in the sun in the garden. In the evening, people were sat outside, someone had a guitar, and others were singing along. We declined to do the hippie thing, and retired to bed early.

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On the ferry
On the ferry
The BIG ferry
The BIG ferry
One of the views of the Marlboroug…
One of the views of the Marlborou…
Emma at Hunters Winery
Emma at Hunters Winery
At the winery
At the winery
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photo by: glennisnz