Today we crossed from south to north. But before we said goodbye to the picturesque Malborough region, we took a brief detour on the drive from Nelson to Picton through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, stopping at Cullen Point lookout to take in the view.
It took me a while to realise I had actually climbed to this lookout before. Our pre-kids selves had walked the Queen Charlotte Track and afterwards, as we drove up the coast, stopped to take in this view. On a beautiful day, it is well worth the short 10 minute walk (= half hour with kids) to the top.
After this it was an easy and stunning run on the Queen Charlotte Drive into Picton where we had plenty of time to explore before our Bluebridge ferry across the Cook Strait.
Our weather was glorious for the crossing; smooth and blue, only clouding over as we approached the north. There are some lovely sights both leaving Picton and travelling through the sounds and also as we skirted along the north island, before entering Wellington Harbour.
The trip takes 3.5 hours so by the time we disembarked in Wellington and found our accommodation, the day was over. Still, it was interesting to note as we drove through the port area that there were a number of buildings clearly damaged by the earthquakes to hit New Zealand just two months earlier. Large cracks were visible in roads and buildings, but life seemed to continue on, regardless. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to live with this ever-present threat. Once again, it makes me realise how lucky we are to live in our region of Australia.