The rental car companies don't want their cars moving to the other island, so they all have you drop your car at the ferry terminal, board as a walk-on passenger, and then pick up a new car once on the other island. It works well, except the Budget rental car agency at the South island ferry terminal had only one employee working the shift. The first person in line had some sort of problem with their rental and it took them 45 minutes to complete their simple transaction. I was 4th in line. Fortunately, the next two people went quickly. Then, it was my turn. She pulled up my name on the computer, but then found out a car had not been assigned to me. She wasn't sure they had one for me. Yikes, this could be bad. Fortunately, there were a few sets of keys that had just been dropped off from cars that were just returned, and she was able to assign one of those cars to me within a few minutes. It took me about 10 minutes to get my car rental done. Total time at the rental car office was 1 hour, though. It only took 5 minutes to rent a car a week ago in Whangarei. During this long rental car mess, Cindy had gone to baggage claim and retrieved our two bags and was just sitting there with them the whole time while I was over at the Budget Car Rental office. Once I found her, we were on our way.
We spent a couple of hours in Picton, which is the town where the ferry terminal is. It's a nice little beach town with a fairly large commercial dock.
|The ferry we were on. It was a big boat with 7 or 8 decks.|
|The harbor at Picton, on the south island of New Zealand.|
|This shipwreck was about two blocks away from where we stayed in Motueka.|
It has been here since the late 60's and has become a local landmark.
|The tour boat lets us off at "Anchorage" beach. There were 6 or 7 of us that|
got off here. We all headed separate directions.
|Cindy found a tunnel through a boulder on the beach.|
|It was a beautiful hike through the woods, along this stream.|
|The water in this stream was very clear, and cold.|
|Sitting at "Cleopatra's Pool" watching the young Germans swimming.|
The water was FREEZING!
|Down in the tidal zone. This is where the stream flows into the ocean.|
In about 6 hours the tide will come in and it will be over Cindy's head,
when she is standing upright.
|The boat returns to pick us up. Glad we didn't miss it.|
|Check out this folding ramp. It's all hydraulic. Pretty cool....|
|Motoring back to our pick-up spot. There were several small boats out fishing.|
|Looking for seals on the rocks of an island we stopped at|
during our trip back. Only saw one, and it was swimming.
|The have some crazy roads here. There are quite a few|
one-way sections. This section has a cliff overhanging it.