Day 01 – Picton to Molesworth Station

8:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand
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The day started early.  We were going to get up at 1:15am, so that we could get to the ferry by 2:00am.  However, when we got up, we found out that the ferry was delayed by at least one hour, so we went back to sleep for another hour – this was great, as most of us didn’t make it to bed till around midnight!

We arrived at the ferry right on 3:00am, but were advised that it probably won’t sail till 4:30am.  So we stood around talking to the other passengers.

The ferry finally departed just a few minutes before 5:00am.  Here we are waiting for the ferry, and then tying down the bikes once aboard.

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It was just starting to dawn as we headed out the harbour.  The photos below were taken at the same time, facing Wellington and then facing the sunrise.  In fact, you can see the reflection of the second photo in the windows of the large building in the first photo.


Notice the moon between the smokestacks on the ferry?


Peter trying to get some sleep on the floor of the ferry.


Beautiful scenery passing through the sounds.


Arriving in Picton.


This is the scenery within five minutes of leaving the ferry.


Breakfast in the park.


It was quite cool, as there was still snow on the nearby hills.


The sea had beautiful colour.


There were lots of seals swimming in the sea.


Close-up of Peter … notice the snow on the mountains in the background.


The scenery is absolutely stunning.


At beautiful Hanmer Springs.


We rode out the back of Hanmer over the …. pass, and ended up at the start of the Molesworth Station, where we camped for the night.  It was a very beautiful spot.  The water was quite warm, but the night was very cold.


One Response

  1. Arunya Says:

    so beautiful trips.

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