Journal: Pages 57-58

My two days on Mt Ruapehu were completely rained out. Not that it was a setback at all: Leaving the volcano afforded me a day along the Thermal Explorer's Highway to Rotorua, and gave me a good reason to return in the future.

After breakfast, I drove on uneventfully southward to rejoin Highway 1 towards the national capital. En route, I wished I could make frequent stops to photograph the "lumpy" volcanic green hills, some terraced and many chock full of sheep, which from the distance looked like maggots on the verdant landscape.

I made it to the ferry docks just under two hours before the next southbound departure, which I booked immediately at the lowest possible price. By cruising the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound towards Picton (a scenic gift to those traveling between the North and South Islands) at dusk, I maintained a streak of maritime journeys for every trip I've taken since 1998, counting the Inside Passage of British Columbia, the ferries of the Norwegian fjords and the Swedish lakes, the Grand Canal waterbus of Venice, the crossing of Lake Constance (Bodensee) between Friederichshaven, Germany and Romanshorn, Switzerland, the voyage to Kangaroo Island in Southern Australia and the tour of Milford Sound in the Fjordland of South Island.

I was getting tired of pies, fish and chips (one order aboard the ferry and another upon finding my affordable motel in Picton), which unfortunately were the only hot food I could get late and on the cheap. The bag of tiny mandarin oranges I bought two days ago were absolutely delicious; regrettably I may not be able to finish them by the time I get back to Auckland.

Monday 31 May 2004

Itinerary: Picton - Queen Charlotte Drive - Hwy 6 to Nelson, Richmond and back

Photo Stops of the Marlborough Sounds:

Overlook of Picton Harbor

Walk to beach at Governor Bay, a small extension of the Grove Arm, itself extended from the Queen Charlotte Sound

The people-friendly ducks of the Momorangi Bay Marina (I felt bad about not feeding them, as apparently many others did)

Walk up to the geographical marker at Cullen Point, overlooking Mahakipawa Arm to the east and the fishing resort of Havelock to the west

Pelorus River and the Pelorus Bridge

Beach at Nelson, looking towards Tasman Bay

Switzerland (2002, 2003) 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 [Liechtenstein 15] 53 
New Zealand (2002) 16 17-18 19-20 21-22 23-24 25-26 27-28
New Zealand (May-June 2004) 54 55-56 57-58 59-60 61-62 63-64 65 72
Australia (2004) 66 67-68 69-70 71
New Zealand (November 2004) 73-74 75-76 77-78 79-80 81-82

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