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Our last morning in North Island, then over to Picton on the ferry

sunny 18 °C

Thursday 8th January 2009

Thankfully our ferry wasnt booked until 2.15pm, which gave us the morning to do a bit of shopping and browsing. I went off early to post some stuff back home as my luggage situation is getting very very tight now, even with two bags. I packed up some of the sturdier tourist tat ( had forgotten how much I'd actually bought - god only knows where its all going to go !!!). Anyway, my joy at getting rid of it was short lived as it cost me NZ$85, and it only weighed 5kg. Think I'll be having a bring and buy sale at the airport before I fly home as wont be posting anything else back - and it takes 4 weeks anyway !!!

Unfortunately I then went shopping and bought yet more Cd's from the fantastic CD shop in the Willis Mall that Id found yesterday ( absolutely everything was 20% off - bought heaps and heaps). Apparently most Wellingtonians eat their lunches at Mall's such as Willis because theres such a variety in the food section and they're so cheap - I have to agree, I was spoilt for choice.

Bit of hilarity when we were about to leave though and the car was brought round to the front of the hotel by the Hotel's Car Valet guy. Neither of us could figure out how to put off the hazzard lights so we had to go back into the hotel and get poor Ivan to come back out and show us. Talk about feeling like a numpty !!!! Turns out the button was MASSIVE and bang smack on the middle of the dashbaord. Just to confuse us further we had to leave the hire car before getting on the ferry and collect a new one when we got off- meant lugging my assorted bags into the Ferry terminal, although it was all relatively hassle free.

I wasnt overly impressed with the ferry over - all the guide books say the Marlborough Sounds are breathtaking and stunning ; I wasnt really blown away by them, although we had a nice day and managed to get outside for bits of it when it wasnt too blowly. The 3 hour crossing passed in no time ; think I was only really outside for the last 45 minutes or so.

No hire car at Thrifty for us like there should have been, so the woman had to give us a fancy 4x4 for the night ; promising to come and exchange it the following day.

Superb little drive up in our posh new car to Blenheim, our base for the next two nights - although we both liked the look of Picton ( where the Ferry docked) and reckon we'll try and get a look around there before we leave.

We had to have a bit of an itinerary re-think as it had become crystal clear to us that doing Nelson and the Abel Tasman isnt going to be very practical if we want to see around Picton and Blenhiem too. Discused our options and decided that as neither of us were really up for anymore hiking ( I couldnt even get my left foot into a pair of trainers just now anyway) we might just miss Abel Tasman and try and do some Dolphin watching and possibly an easier walk around one of the Islands in the Queen Charlotte Sound instead of Nelson and Abel Tasman. Quite happy with our decision, think it'll be a good one !!

Posted by Sparkster 03:10 Archived in New Zealand

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Hi Mark,

Im sad that your not going to do the abel tasman or Nelson they are far superior to Blenhelm which was one of the most boring places we visited. The only good thing was the wine tasting. Nelson is a bit like Napier so will lose out there and Queen Charlotte is nothing on the Abel but your choice!!!!!!!!!!

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