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Jul 24, 2017 - A very long but beautiful journey

We started our long journey from windy Wellington to Picton on the south island by catching the slow boat to make the crossing. The boat was a lot bigger than we expected with ten decks and a lovely cafe, there was even a cinema on board! The journey was to take 3 hours and 40 minutes. The first hour of the journey was very smooth with a lovely view of Wellington, we even laughed that maybe we should not have taken the sea sickness tablet, then it all changed! As soon as we sailed out of the bay the waves changed and the journey became like...

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Apr 3, 2017 - On the road again, back toward the North Island

Almost a full day of driving since the direct route from Christchurch to Picton is closed, so we went almost back to the west coast to get here. We catch the ferry to Wellington tomorrow, bright and early and will spend a few days there. The weather was overcast and somewhat rainy and the scenery the same as much of what I've already posted, so no new pictures today.

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Mar 1, 2017 - New Zealand - the South Island -First Stage

Although our 3 hour trip on the ferry across the Cook Sound to the South Island was overcast we were encouraged by a fine forecast for the week. Our destination was Milford Sound to the south but that meant at least two days of roughly 400 kilometres per day on unfamiliar roads. We were pleased to find good two lane hardtop! Rest stops are minimal throughout New Zealand on highways where one would be lucky to find a picnic table and an outhouse....likely not either. We tried finding Kathy's favourite winery in the Marlborough region but to...

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Feb 27, 2016 - Glow worms and other odd items

The day before our Doubtful Sound journey, we bought passage across Lake Te Anau to check out a glow worm cave. Glow worms are endemic to Australia and New Zealand. Odd little creatures worth looking into. We had a beautiful boat ride across the lake, with views of the Murchison Mountains. We were again with Real Journeys. Real owns the dock and gangway from the lake to the National Park visitor center. It also has the contract to lead visits into the National Park glow worm cave. The caves were formed by running water. A massive stream...

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Feb 3, 2016 - Picton in Marlborough Country

Today, we explore the port of Picton, our last stop on the South Island. It should be a really nice day with temps almost 80 degrees. Picton is a seaside port on the Queen Charlotte Sound; it's defined by water, wilderness, and wine. Lots of bays, inlets, and coves provide activities for water lovers. It's also the departure point for ferries across Cook Strait to the capital, Wellington. The town, with strong Maori heritage, was settled by the English in 1848. Picton was named after Sir Thomas Picton, a British Army official who served...

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Cruisin' Down Under

Jan 7, 2016 - At Sea

This was Andy and Beth's last day on the Voyager with Peter so we made the most of it! Pete treated his parents to lunch at the Chops restaurant on board, which was very luxurious! Apparently they were ending the cruise with more lobster than they wanted because they had a special that day - a FREE lobster tail with every steak meal!! That was a pretty nice treat. As always, the food was exquisite and the service was wonderful. Beth and Andy's dinner in the dining room was bittersweet because they enjoyed the company of their table mates so...

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Jan 6, 2016 - At Sea

We had a great day at sea on the Voyager. Pete's schedule allowed us plenty of time to visit and we were able to have lunch with him in the buffet restaurant. We also met him for drinks in the Schooner Bar and listened to the lounge performer, a lovely young woman who played cocktail piano and sang. It has been fun putting faces with the names we have heard from Pete over the course of his contract! Andy and Beth also spent a little time in the casino which was fun but not too productive financially! During the day we attended the Captain's...

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Jan 5, 2016 - Picton, New Zealand

We had a great visit in Picton with Peter today! This is our last port in New Zealand and we had a great visit. We started the day with breakfast in the Sapphire Dining Room which was, as always, wonderful! When we got to Picton we strolled around the town, visiting some of Peter's favorite spots and doing a little shopping. We found a really neat shop where Beth bought earrings and gifts for several people. We had homemade ice cream at a little shop, although it was a little chilly outside! We tried to have lunch at a little pizza place...

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Jan 4, 2016 - Sailing/walking in the footsteps of Captain Cook

Couldn't download pictures again -- very spotty wifi - so I'll have to catch up with photos another time. Terry has read almost every book available about Captain James Cook through the years. Visiting New Zealand and Australia is like walking in the footsteps of Cook and it is surprising how many towns, small and large, have a little park and statue dedicated to Captain Cook. Today we had a chance to do an Ecological scenic cruise that involved a number of rare or endangered birds, plus Hector Dolphins and "little blue" penguins. Along the...

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Jan 2, 2016 - Pretty Picton - "Spitty and Soupy" aka rainy and foggy

Happy New Year in America - Hope you all had a safe and fun ringing in of the new year. We are spending our second night in Picton. This charming gateway to Queen Charlotte Sound is the town that serves InterIsland Ferry (a company running ferry service between Picton in the South Island and Wellington in the North Island). Another company - Bluebridge- also runs a ferry to Wellington. The approx time is 3.5 hrs. Today it was rainy (Spitty) and very low clouds/fog (Soupy) so the photo taken from the top of a viewing ridge on a large hill...

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Dec 12, 2015 - Picton

We left Wellington on quite a foggy morning and caught the Interislander ferry to Picton. It takes about 3 hours ..some lovely scenery but it was very blustery and murky, we so didn't sit out on the deck for too long. Had a great couple of days in Picton. We were staying at the Tombstone Backpackers on Gravesend Road next to a cemetery, so we weren't too sure what to expect! It turned out to be really good ....great views, great location and gorgeous hot scones for brekkie. We packed in a lot here again: 3 hour round trip (walking) up to...

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Dec 12, 2015 - Pretty Picton - gateway to Queen Charlotte Sound

A short half hour north of Blenheim is the beautiful little town of Picton. It is both the gateway to the numerous channels and islands of the world famous Queen Charlotte Sound and Cook Strait. Picton is also the little town that cruise ships land at and where the Interisland ferry over to Wellington docks. So there is a lot of traffic and people flowing in and out of Picton going across to the North Island. It is the only spot on the South Island where the crossing happens. When we did our 14 day New Zealand cruise last year, Picton was...

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