Across the Ocean...

Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
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Trip End Apr 19, 2009


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Wairau Valley

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Saturday, April 4, 2009

Arriving at the Bluebridge Ferry terminal at midday we were surprised to find that the queues were already long - for some reason we (Fred!) thought the ferry left at 2pm, when in reality it was a 1pm sailing - luckily we left home when we did! We made it onto the ferry without incident (pretty much the last to get on) and managed to do a 'U' turn in the Ferry's belly to face the outer doors again. The trip to Picton was very smooth (according to Fred) I thought it rolled a bit in the Strait, but having had my seasickness pills I was fine.
Once off the Ferry we headed towards the Wairau Valley. We were impressed at the vast fields of grapevines, and some of the trees changing into their autumn colours of yellows and reds. The Wairau Valley tavern where we were intending to stay (they have a NZMCA Park over Property there) had a narrow driveway with too many overhanging trees for us to risk it, so we had to keep driving. Just on dusk we discovered a D.O.C rest area which was just big enough for us to back into. It cost $15 for the night, which is a lot cheaper than a campground, but considering there was no power or facilities it wasn't the best value for money. The river was down a short path and the kids had a great time throwing large stones into the water - until the abundance of sand flies drove them indoors for the night.
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