Journey from North Island to South Island
Our journey through New Zealand's north island ended at Wellington and now it's on to the south island. We boarded a 3 hour ferry ride from Wellington to the town of Picton via Cook Strait. Once on the south island we will take a bus to the town of Kaikoura.
I have yet to travel first class while flying but until then I'm upgrading my ferry ticket to Premier Class baby!!! What does that mean? Well, I get a couch, complimentary food and beverage, free Wi-Fi, and no screaming kids! Boo yeah baby!
Cook Strait was named after James Cook, the first European sailor to navigate this strip of ocean that connects the Tasman sea with the South Pacific Ocean. We were told the ocean conditions here are extremely unpredictable and one of the most dangerous in the world. They weren't kidding! As the cruise started off gale force winds pounded the ferry and they closed access to the deck. We managed to sneak out for some pictures and I don't think that was the brightest idea. Those winds were ridiculous and could've blown us overboard.
We ran into some Americans in the premier lounge while making fun of how the Kiwis were pronouncing Pets as Pits so when they announced to the travelers go pick up your pets it sounded like they were saying go pick up your pits. Anyways, this couple owns a winery in Paso Robles called Pomar Junction so we are definitely going to check this place out. The ferry docked at Picton 3 hours later and the weather here on the south island is spectacular. It's warm with clear skies. Oh and I heard my name announced over the speaker phone at the ferry terminal. Turns out I grabbed someone else's backpack that looked identical to mine. Idiot move on my part.