Naturally if your Batch (holiday home) is in one of the thousands of bays in the Marlborough Sounds and there are no roads, you’ll need a boat to get to it, and bring in everything from the suitcases and groceries to tools and construction supplies for the D.I.Y. project over the water with you.
It was January when we made this crossing of the Cook Straight, high summer (and school holidays) so therefore it wasn’t surprising that the waterways were busy with craft of all shapes and sizes.
On the largest end of the scale we passed other Ferries as they made their way towards Wellington and on the smaller end of the scale there were motorboats of all sizes and plenty of sailing boats…
…they too came in all sizes but one thing was consistent: many of the occupants of the small craft were quick to give a “hello” wave to the passengers on the passing Ferries. Closer to the shoreline and in several of the bays I also saw kayaks but whilst the zoom lens did a half decent job they there still just little specks in the water in the resulting photos. A mega zoom lens is on my photographic wish-list of course, but with other items on the wish-list being either bigger wishes or of far greater priority (we need a new car before our twelve year old faithful but tiny hatchback decides enough is enough and dies LOL) a zoom lens is way down the queue. The little boats are not “just ” commuting either, we saw plenty just bobbing on the water with fishing rods out the back… clearly hoping for a fish BBQ back at the Batch later in the day.