“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Gael Attal

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pit Stop in Picton

Arriving in Picton
Stephen and I and Some Boats 

The Ladies near the Water 

Our first stop on the South Island was the sleepy little town of Picton. It is small but BEAUTIFUL. Straight off the ferry we found our hostel called the Picton Lodge. This little place was ran by two old English women who, as Stephen said, were comparable to mother goose. With an early morning the next day, we explored the town a little, cooked up an Indian style dinner, and played a little UNO before bed.


Erin and Stephen Boarding the Ferry 

First step to heading South was boarding the Cook Strait Ferry. The Cook Strait is the body of water separating the North and south Islands of New Zealand. We departed Wellington in the early afternoon arriving in Picton four hours later.

Moving through the sounds
On Deck

Heading Down South

The semester was half way over which meant it was time for Easter Break! Two weeks away from University, a perfect chance for us Americans to explore parts of New Zealand away from Wellington. So where did we go? THE SOUTH ISLAND.
The South Island promised us a trip of adventure. We planned our route beginning with the ferry across the Cook Strait and traveling down the West Coast, South towards Queenstown. We departed on April 7 and returned by April 18.