Day 11 – Kaikoura to Picton to Wellington
We started the day by driving from Kaikoura up to Picton to catch the ferry across to Wellington. It was a nice drive and it was a little weird that the train line crosses over and under the road a lot. It would make more sense to me to stay on the one side, but I’m sure that there’s a reason for that. We had lunch in town, a delicious bagel topped with salmon and eggs. We then sat in the park waiting for the ferry with lots of ducks, ducklings, and fat bees. They were massive bees and just behaved like our tiny little bees we have in Australia.
The ferry trip was fine and had pretty views. I just had a bit of a sleep and a read of Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) which is funny and a bit random.
Unfortunately we picked the wrong (budget) ferry. It turned out that it was about a 3km walk to the other ferry terminal where we were supposed to pick up our next hire car. Time was against us as well as there would be extra charges if we were late, so dragging our luggage we headed off. It didn’t help that the footpath suddenly ended and we had to cross a highway. Instead of being stupid, we went all the way back (about another 1/2 km) to a pedestrian crossing. So far Wellington wasn’t being very good to us.
After checking in to our hotel and being asked if we were here for The Hobbit premiere (didn’t even realise it was opening then) we headed off to the planetarium. It was quite cool, but very hard to walk to up massive hills. I also managed to lose my favourite scarf, which did not make me a very happy person. The husband said that Wellington took my scarf because I insulted it earlier in the day when we couldn’t find the car hire place. I think I’m just really clumsy.