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Very lovely place, room great and helpful manager and staff!! Food wonderful.
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We managed to get up at 6am to get the 8.30am ferry across to the South Island as we had valet parking the car was right outside, we made a quick stop for petrol and then got to the Interisland ferry terminal. We dropped the car off and checked in our luggage and then waited to board for the 3 hour trip across to Picton. A man passed us with a …
... patrol who were on their way to the pick up point and see what they could do.
Upon our return to the shore, we were informed that a water taxi had managed to pick them up. A great relief as you would not want to be stranded in all that wilderness and the cold.
So it all ended good.. We had a lovely and interesting afternoon, met some great fellow passengers and saw fantastic scenery.
Moving on again tomorrow.
... of usual wines then reserved/ special vintage. Lovely host . We had lunch there, I had Lamb, tender coated in Kumara sweet potato and green veg, Ken had snapper and risotto topped with green sliced apple and lemon, so tasty. Then we drove to the coast to see Cloudy Bay the beach, couldn't drive to the edge of the cliff and had to be satisfied with views from a distance. Getting lateish by then, so set off ...
... up it thins out a bit as it is much drier and it is a battle to survive.
On the next section we cross several bridges, some man made, others more natural. Beneath them were streams or waterfalls, some bigger than others, with a couple that had dried up.
Part way through we stop at a picnic bench and have a roll and a drink. We are joined by a weka (native flightless bird), we saw several on the track, but they ran off as soon as they heard/saw ...
... even saw a stingray swimming around the boats in the harbour. However, we've discovered the one potential disadvantage of the site...... All transport seems to centre aroundq the ferry arrivals and departures, and they go in the middle of the night too. So, just before ferry time, trucks, trains, cars, Motorhomes etc are arriving down the road and similarly leaving when it's docked. The place is deathly quiet the rest of the time, so we'll see what tonight ...