Heading South

Trip Start Sep 15, 2010
Trip End Oct 30, 2010

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Where I stayed
Parklands Marina Holiday Park, Picton
What I did
Took the cable car up to the Botanical Gardens in Wellington, bought a new SIM card, took the ferry to Picton South Island

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Left Poirura slightly later than expected to spend the morning in Wellington before catching the 2:00 p.m. ferry. Also had to do battle with Vodafone to get the recharge voucher installed. As usual, we ran into a major snag - Vodafone Australia does not recognise Vodafone New Zealand recharge vouchers, and Claire's credit card was rejected due to international restrictions (It had to be put on Claire's card because the original account was in her name). Their suggestion that we ask an Australian friend or family member to buy a voucher was rejected out of hand. Finally bought another SIM card from the nice people in the Vodafone New Zealand shop and managed to install the voucher. So, yet another phone number and goodbye and good riddance to Vodafone Australia with their isolationist attitude and their restrictive requirements.

That finally settled, we were free to do what we had planned, take the cable car up to the botanic gardens. Beautiful views, even though it was a dull day.Too bad the weather was kind of dull, but the views were still spectacular. The cable car goes almost straight up one of the many hills in Wellington. The cable car museum was also really interesting (and free). Tim bought some really nice postcards with special cable car stamps, which of course we had to send to ourselves.

Left in good time to check in for the ferry, only to find out that the ferry was going to be late. Sat around in the carpark and Tim called Wendekreisen to arrange for us to pick up our ballots at the Wendekreisen office in Christchurch.

Finally got underway shortly after 3:00. The scenery was beautiful, but it was a bit too cold and wet to spend much time on the deck. Saw some dusky dolphins leaping by the bow of the ferry.

Arrived at the Parklands Marina Holiday Park about five minutes from the ferry, about 6:30. A lovely site, next to the marina and flanked by hills. 

The sun came out for a bit, but then the gloom settled in again.
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