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The ferry crossing

The ferry from the South to North Island (Picton to Wellington) takes 3 hours. The water was extremely calm yesterday (mar 8) during the afternoon. You'd hardly know you were on a boat from the motion. It was sunny and the views were nice. The first hour is through narrow waters and then it crosses the open Cook Strait. After that it snakes past some rocks and into the quite busy Wellington harbor.

Checking in was easy except that I had copied an extra digit in the reservation number so it took a bit of time before they found my reservation. The B&B in Nelson had a computer but no printer and no access for my laptop so I couldn't print the info when I made the reservation. Car rental in NZ works by your returning your car before you get on the ferry and then getting another one when you arrive at the other side but it is treated as one reservation. There was also a minor snafu with the reservation since the checkin person in Picton apparently had cancelled the reservation by error so it took a bit of extra time.

These passengers were probably in for a bit of trouble soon after they arrived.

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Moos in envy (of you, not of the pictured passengers)!

It's all so amazingly, surrealistically beautiful.

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