We took a three-hour ferry ride to New Zealand’s south island. The ferry’s reputation preceded it as one of the most beautiful in the world, but also one of the most potentially treacherous. Thankfully we enjoyed all of the beauty, despite freezing temperatures, with none of the treachery.
Following our ferry ride in to Picton, we headed West. For Part 1 of our South Island adventure, we headed to Cable Bay and Nelson before crossing the mountains to the West coast and passing through Punakaiki and Hokitika Gorge. Here’s the shots:
This is a taste of our first few days on the South Island, which did not disappoint! We cannot get over the diversity New Zealand offers from rough seas and the unexplainable Pancake Rocks to vast caves and the unreal blues of the bays and rivers. Visiting New Zealand in November, the beginning of their Spring, allowed us to experience most of these popular locations largely on our own; it also meant numerous clothing changes every day with the weather variations. A happy tradeoff.
More adventures to come: glaciers, odd rock formations, waterfalls, lupine and Christchurch!