At Sea- The Easy Way!
21 March 2013 | Cook Strait
We're on the ferry traveling from the south island back to the north. It's a 3 hour pleasant ride on a bright & sunny day. We plan to walk around Wellington's botanical gardens this afternoon and then hit their big national museum- Te Papa tomorrow. Wellington is NZ's capitol so this museum is reported to be the best. Then we hope to go straight on to Tongariro National Park for one more backpacking jaunt before returning to the boat.
We just got back yesterday from two days biking the Queen Charlotte trail at the top of the south island. As far as I know, its the only long hiking trail that you can bike on. It meanders through the coastal areas of Marlborough Sounds which provide miles of bays and beaches. The track goes up over saddles with great views and down to the shoreline. Some parts of the trail were rated advanced which is a little over the top for our bikes but we discovered that there was a beautiful, quiet road that paralleled that section of trail so it worked out. We stayed overnight at a resort of sorts and were once again reminded of what you don't get for your money here. But we had a nice time together, it was great to be out on another adventure with just our bikes and we got to see more of the area, which is much different than the rest of the south island.
We met up with Ali & Richard last night and stayed at the same campground, shared another chatty & funny evening together and then parted ways again since they're starting the trail now and we're moving on!
Well, we're nearly there. Plus, I'm getting nauseous writing this!