An Ideal Place for Nature
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February 4, Wellington. Town is getting crazy as a big rugby tournament is about to begin. Rugby is the national sport and the people have parades and fanfare for the event. We had our own frenzy when trying to return our rental car to eliminate problems when we go by ferry to the South Island tomorrow. What an ordeal! It took us over two hours to get gas and figure out the gas pump, find where to return the car and determine there would be a car and GPS waiting for us on the other side. So glad we did this ahead of time or John would have chewed his lip off!
We must have walked at least 6 miles today. We visited the historical museum, Te Papa, with a special exhibit on Pompeii. It was quite interesting as they even had casts of people who had died there from 79A.D.
February 5, Leaving Wellington for Picton (South Island). An early departure from our hotel by 7:15 to board our 600 foot ferry to the “Mainland’. It is a 3 hour crossing and the huge vessel which accommodates cars, mobile homes and freight. Gross tonnage of the ship is up to 23,000and it can accommodate up to 1300 people. There are even two cinemas aboard. After a day of driving we finally ended up at our night's lodging called the Resurgence Lodge near the Able Tasman National Park. This place is a gem. The lodge is nestled in amongst the forest with little cabins nearby, all the meals are shared and the food is gourmet. Our hosts Claire and Peter do everything to make sure everyone is happy.