Day 16: To South Island and Abel Tasman National Park

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“Travel on the Interislander ferry and enjoy the most scenic cruise in the world”, well that’s what all the brochures said.  We boarded the ferry while sea conditions were listed as ‘Moderate’ but gale force winds met us in the Cook Strait and we saw nothing but greyness, rain, clouds, and waves.  We knew there was something wrong when the crew brought around sick bags and cups of ice cubes to suck. So a journey of 3.5 hours spent meditating to suppress the nausea and trying to counteract the loud conversation behind us about all the times and ways in which they had been sick in the past!  Why do people do this?  Thankful to arrive in Picton on the south island at last.

Next followed a three-hour drive eastwards along the coast around Tasman Bay.  Again, more spectacular scenery and the endless questions about why people chose to live here as it is so inaccessible unless you are a seaman.

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Finally arrived at our destination in the hills above Kerikeri, with more great views all around.

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This accommodation did not have a restaurant, so we drove back to the coast to a place further north called Marahau, and ate a delicious fish supper at The Hook.  I was distracted by this bee; you can’t but noticed the large number of bee hives every where in New Zealand.

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After dinner, we stopped along the way home for a few more photos, of course, as the sun was setting!

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