We were really excited this morning because today is the day we get the ferry across to the South Island. We left our campsite and drove the 20 minutes to the ferry terminal in time for our check-in at noon. We had to wait for quite a while before our camper got loaded on to the ferry, but as soon as we got on we were quite surprised by how small the ferry was. We also felt abit sorry for the dogs on the ferry...they are allowed to travel across but they have to stay locked up in their owners cars. We bet there were some stinky cars by the end of the 3 hour sailing! Once we were on we found ourselves a seat at the 'on-board cinema'. Now in the brochure for the ferry they had really talked up the cinema so we were expecting big things, so we were slightly disappointed when we sat down to watch the new Alice in Wonderland and it looked like a dodgey copy video from the market. Plus they kept the doors leading to the outside deck open during the entire crossing and it was absolutley freezing
. So we headed upstairs to find a comfy seat and I had a little lie down for a bit... me and boats don't get on too well and I was feeling a bit green around the gills again. During the crossing we had out first taste of the famous New Zealand drink L&P. Essentially L&P is just lemonade, however it is quite possibly the best lemonade in the entire world and we both agreed that we would be buying more of it while we are here. About half way through the trip we started to see land to the south. As you approach the South Island you go through the Marlborough Sounds, which is a huge mountain range that stretches out into the sea for miles and miles (sorry, kilometers and kilometers) before you finally reach land. The Sounds were beautiful but we couldn't spend too much time out on the deck admiring the views because it was so cold and windy and my glasses nearly flew off my head everytime we went outside. After our 3 hour crossing we arrived in the town of Picton and headed out to get a feel for the town. However, we realised quite quickly that Picton is a rather sleepy town... most of the shops were shut by 4pm! We decided to find a campsite for the night and get some food. During the short drive from the town centre to the campsite we noticed how different the scenery is in the South Island, the mountains are bigger, the skies are clearer and the views are more dramatic. We set up for the night, had a chat with a nice old guy at the campsite who told us all about mussells and White Bait, and fell asleep looking forward to our first full day in the South Island.