Heading to the North Island

Trip Start Nov 14, 2010
Trip End Nov 13, 2011

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

We headed to Picton to catch the ferry to Wellington and ended up getting there very early. We attempted to see some sights around that area but there wasn’t really much to see. Also, when we headed off we ended up going up a narrow road and decided against it. The camper is a little too big for that! Instead we pulled the camper over next to the water and had a cup of tea while dad decided what boat he would like to buy. The ferry was great. Really well equipped with restaurants, a bar, games room, cinema and viewing deck. Dad and I went up on the deck to look at the views while we cruised out of  Queen charlotte Sound. It was amazing to see the islands in the area with houses on them and no visible roads. Everyone must get around by boat. It is one of New Zealands most popular holiday areas.  From the boat you can see Cook’s lookout, on a hill on Arapawa island, where captain cook first sighted the strait (that is called Cook strait). It really is a beautiful area. As we came out of the Tory channel the water started to get a bit rough and you could feel the boat rising and falling. We decided to move to the back of the boat where you don’t feel the swell as much (we learnt this from our whale watching guide). Dawn unfortunately felt very sea sick. I managed to avoid it but only after eating fish and chips which seemed to settle my stomach. We ended up sitting next to a strange guy who seemed to wander off and bring back people he had befriended in order to introduce to his wife. It was all rather strange.
We decided to skip to Wellington because of time constraints and also because there are no campsites close to the city. So headed as far as we could in order to make the journey to Lake Taupo shorter the following day. Our campsite for the night was Poekakariki holiday park, right on the beach, (although we didn’t see it until the next day as it was dark) which was really quiet. With only a 4 minute time allowance on the showers, we are all getting very good as speed showering! Rob walked to the shop to get some ingredients for dinner and some well deserved beer!
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