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Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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started with a sad visit to the rail disaster site ..in 1953 150 people died at Tangiwai when floods caused the rail bridge to collapse and the train went into the river...it was christmas eve as well...sad..
then continuing along the Sh49 through endless flat farmland to end up staying in Foxton beach car park...a spectactular east facing sandy beach, though strewn with driftwood,where we saw our first new zealand sunset....fantastic as the sun set over the water we just sat outside with a couple of friendly car campers from switzerland enjoying the peace of a summer night........mmmmm..
another drive through the lowlands with lunch on another driftwood strewn sandy beach near pararpara mumu, they do like to name everything twice...!! and onto wellington where we explored the orinental beach which is a small area of sand in the city on the harbour popular with the victorians and has many different eras of housing ...1920 s 30 s 60s and modern..very interesting area..we also drove up to the viewpoint to see the city from above we ended up in the top ten camp site...
rained all day...!!
we set off early for the 10.30 ferry to picton...it was a super crossing i was expecting the worst from reading it can rough but it was quite calm ...and as you approach Picton the last hour of the trip has to be the most picturesque ferry ride in the world...awesome forested mountains rocky outcrops inlets and bays....wow...we drove up the coast a bit and ended up staying on a DOC camp on the Kenpuru peninsula...
so that was the start of the south island ....more later...