Quality Hotel Marlborough
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... us about, some have people living on them, some are there as nature reserves for wildlife.
It took us about an hour to get to our destination, Ship Cove, the start of the Queen Charlotte track. From here we would commence a 5 and a half hour 15km tramp, this is only a small part of the track, the whole track is 71km and takes 3-4 days to complete. But the boats drop off and pick up at several points along the track, allowing for parts of the track to ...
... night and the day is very grey. We started by visiting a nearby Arts and Crafts centre and then a Chocolate factory, but we didn't buy anything, just got a free sample of chocolate so not so bad. We drove out to Rarangi Bay and then onto White Bay, both part of Cloudy Bay (the place that the wine is named after). Both places had walks but the weather did not encourage more than a wander out to look around and then back to the car to warm up. So we decided on ...
... Even though we could only clearly see the tops of them we could tell how huge they were. Then after a couple minutes one arched it's back and one more breath later it dipped under and the massive tail came out of the water as it dove. Within seconds the second one followed behind and they were gone. We got to witness this graceful dive three more times in the next half hour, apparently a real rarity.
Soon our time was up and the ...
... rise over the hill above the Sound on a beautiful clear evening, it was truly splendid to see, the moon leaving a glittering path all the way down the water. The stars were very clear as there are lovely dark skies here, and as Martin has a telescope, we saw the moon's surface in detail and Jupiter with two of its moons. (Angus) Kaikoura was a busy place, we saved the whale watching for another time. It ...
Took the 2:30am ferry from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the South Island then grabbed a couple of hours sleep curled up on the chairs at the ferry terminal (just like a proper traveller) before joining the Stray bus and the start of my 11 day Stray "Short Willy" tour.... (OMG what have I done? I'm on a bus full of loud, enthusiastic 20 something backpackers.... This could be a long couple of weeks!) ...