We spent the night in
Bay, one of the thousands of inlets in
the sounds that form the northern end of South Island.
Our plan was to hike around there for the best part of the day, until it was
time to take the ferry for at 5:45 pm. Well,
it turns out we are still a bit tired from the hike we did yesterday, and were
not in shape to tackle any of the steep slopes that characterize the ridges
that separate the sounds. We did our best, however, and after driving an
incredibly twisty road along one of the ridges we actually caught a part of the
Queen Charlotte Track. Still, it was a lazy day, and after getting back to the
car we whittled away the afternoon in Picton. North
There was a special festival going on at the waterfront, so the place was pretty lively and music was in the air. It is a pretty touristy city, with the complement of tourist-trap shops that accompanies all seaside resorts. I actually found a facsimile copy of the 1769 map that Captain James Cook made of both islands, which I think will look great once I frame it and hang it in the adventure room. Another highlight was the Whaling and
which has plenty of good exhibits from the time when whaling was a big industry
for the inhabitants of the South Island. Some
of the whaling was done by small boats, not unlike the way in which whaling was
done in the Azores, and the Maoris were
apparently among the most skilled whalers.
We finally got on the ferry at 6:45 pm, fortunately with enough light for us to see the passage through the sound, and after night fell we retired to the inside of the big boat, from which I am writing this entry. We are scheduled to arrive in
at 11 pm. Groan.