Jan 07

Day 15: Interislander Ferry – Wellington to Picton

by in Car Rental, New Zealand Travel, Sightseeing NZ

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We checked out of the hotel at 8 am so that we got to the inter-island ferry terminal in plenty of time for our 10:25 am crossing.

Our rental car was from Europcar, which has only four parking bays and they were taken, so a quick phone call to the national number resolved the problem. We were told to leave the car in the “long-term car park” and drop the keys at the Europcar counter. We couldn’t see any signs for the said car park, but we saw the ones for the 30-minute parking, so we hope we left the car at the right place.

The Europcar counter was not open, so we dropped the key into a small unmarked hole that the people in the next counter said was the key drop. Again fingers crossed that this was the right place for the keys.

We had a snack at the cafe to make up for breakfast. We boarded the ferry Arahura around 9:45 am and paid NZ$5  deposit for a swipe card to the Club Class lounge, which is a small room with about 10 seats and free soft drinks, coffee and savoury snacks.

The crossing was a little choppy near Wellington, but once we entered the Queen Charlotte Sound, the sea was like a mill pond. The landscape was stunning on both sides of the ship.

 

Ferry terminal

Inter-island ferry terminal

Club Class lounge

Club Class lounge on the Arahura

Queen Charlotte Sound

Queen Charlotte Sound

A ferry we passed

A ferry we passed

Queen Charlotte Sound map

Checking the Queen Charlotte Sound map on an iPhone

Picton

Picton

Ford Falcon XR-6

Ford Falcon XR-6

At Picton we took possession of another rental car, a Ford Falcon XR6. Ash had never driven one before and still doesn’t know how to change various settings on it. They are most unlike the Japanese cars we have driven for 30 years.

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One Response to “Day 15: Interislander Ferry – Wellington to Picton”

  1. From Tricia Swan:

    We went over for the day once when we lived there. The ferry after us got all the way back to Wellington and the Ro-Ro doors wouldn’t open. The passengers had to go back to Picton and had another problem – everyone was stuck onboard for more than 24 hours then had to make the return trip to Wellington. We still consider ourselves lucky that we got the early one………..

    Posted on 19/01/2011 at 9:56 am #