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July 4, 2018

Picton: Passing Through Or Staying Longer?

Filed under: Marlborough Sounds,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,PICTON — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Picton in New Zealand is a town that appears to have two types of visitors.

The first are those who have arrived just in time from (usually) Christchurch to catch their ferry to the North Island, they may or may not even enter the town proper, just following the signs to the ferry terminal.

Possibly they arrive early and depending on the time of day, stop at a snack bar or café for a bite to eat before heading to the ferry.

On the other side, there are the interisland travellers who travelled from the North Island to the South.

If they arrived on the last crossing of the day, they may well have booked a bed for the night in Picton, preferring to continue their journey to Kaikoura or Christchurch the next day with an early morning start.

Then there are those who stay longer, the have holiday homes in the town, or “batches” (kiwi slang for holiday homes) dotted in bays all around the Marlborough Sounds.

Most of those are only reachable by boat so they arrive with large trailers carrying all manner of water craft, both sail and motor and all the equipment to go with them.

The area around the main boat ramps are busy with boats coming and going, as are the moorings because even the grocery shopping needs to be delivered via the sea-ward routes. Many of these families stay the entire summer in the Sounds, sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, water skiing and fishing, just a few of their activities. Himself and I have been until this trip just “tourists passing through” but after visiting a friend here on our northward journey to Wellington, we now see a different side to this small town. The views are amazing, there is a definite attraction to the idea of staying longer here. We would have stayed the night here too, but even ringing around more than a dozen hotels we find that everything is booked solid.

In fact we have been having trouble finding accommodation, it’s the height of the summer season and booking 4-5 days beforehand is apparently far too late. We were a little naïve in thinking that there would be accommodation aplenty and even further south in Blenheim, beds are hard to find. Just when we start to have horrible thoughts about having to sleep in the car with two highly unamused teenagers, we find a hotel that has had a last minute cancellation and pounce on their rooms. Alas it means that we are again to be using Picton as just a passing-through point but we’ve made up our mind that sometime in the future this little town deserves a closer look and a longer stay.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 29, 2018

The InterIslander Ferry, …Topside.

Filed under: Interisland Ferry,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,PICTON — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Once again we find ourselves travelling on the interisland ferry. A photographic post taking a look at our ride…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 28, 2018

The Dock, Before We Make Waves…

Filed under: Interisland Ferry,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,PICTON — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Following yesterday’s post, we have boarded one of the Ferries that traverse New Zealand’s Cook Straight between the North and South Islands. Before we leave the dock I take a few photographs for my arty reference library. I’m also an unwilling sailor, so it helps take my mind off the journey ahead. I’m interested in the colours, textures and perspective.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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April 27, 2018

Getting On Board…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,PICTON — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

After a bit of a wait at the Picton ferry terminal, we finally get to board the InterIslander, connecting New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

No prizes for guessing that due to Himself’s penchant for being mega early, we were near the front of the queue.

There seems to be a line reserved for people who need assistance getting to the doors to the upper deck.

Travelling with a wheelchair and crutches put me in this category so we were amongst the first onto the car deck, and as luck would have it, line up almost exactly with one of the doors leading to the upper decks.

The staff wave everyone through with efficiency and are very friendly, asking if we needed help getting my wheelchair to the passenger decks.

I explain that I’ll be sitting most of the time so will use the crutches instead, also that we have stuff packed everywhere so getting the crutches out the boot of the car will be far easier than shifting and repacking the wheelchair.

They wish us a Happy Christmas and get to work putting the chains onto cars. We wish them a Happy Christmas back and head up in the lift, fractionally before the rush of able-bodied public.

In the lift I told the kids to run ahead as fast as possible soon when we got out of the lift and find four seats next to an electrical socket, then spread their stuff over these seats to reserve them. Himself and I would find them as soon as we could afterwards. At first they gave me the “yep, my Mama is mad” look, rolling their eyes, but soon discovered I wasn’t crazy since wall plugs are on only by every fourth or fifth set of window seats. These are therefore premium seats and there was a rush for them. In today’s electronic age and a three and a half hour journey, phones, Ipads and laptops soon made an appearance everywhere and naturally they all need juice. Our kids had been using their devices in the car so their battery was in the red too. There aren’t many advantages to having faulty limbs, but early entry into places is sometimes one of them. In my condition I’ll take any positive thing I can get, even if it just two three pronged plugs.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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