Tuesday, November 17, 2009

South Island - Our Intrepid Journey Day 27 - 33, 14 – 20 November 2009

Wellington - Cook Strait - Marlborough Sound - Picton - Whites Bay

After arriving at the Bluebridge terminal at 7am we left Wellington after loading at 8am. They put us on first with the truck and trailer units which was good as we got off first.

 The three hour crossing was quite good with only a small swell and a cool wind. A beautiful blue sky with a stunning view .

 Once in Marlborough Sounds the sea calmed right off.  All down the sounds there were these homes nestled into small bays most of which would only have access by sea.

 The Blubridge ferry reversed into the wharf for our offload.  We tied up without even a bump then it was down into the dark hold to find our motorhome amongst the very large truck and trailer units.

Off to Picton for a good cup of coffee and a bit of a look around.  A beautiful park that looked so inviting in the warm sunshine.  Ferry wharf in the distance.

 Picton to the DOC park at Whites Bay is only a short drive.  The bay faces SE, you can tell from the direction of our satellite dish.  The shelter gave us a chance to set up camp.

 A nice sheltered beach that we almost have to ourselves.  This is the northern end.  The rocks are covered in blue mussels intertidal and big green mussels that you have to get wet for.  Talk about cold with no hood.

 We stayed for six nights. This is the southern end where I got our big mussels.  Whilst I was in the water, completely I could only put my head under water for a few seconds each time.  It was worth it.

DOC call it the jewel in the crown for DOC parks in this area.  The mountain in the distance, souther end of beach, Mt Richmond I think, is 9000' high.  Same one as in the picture above. As I said earlier we'll probably stay another  two or more nights, definitely be gone by the weekend. 

1 comment:

Justbeachy said...

Glad you had a smoothe crossing, hope we have the same in December. mike and Lynne