The dreaded ferry crossing
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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.
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.
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.