New Zealand Wrap Up: South Island

I was pretty excited to get to the South Island of New Zealand.  The North Island was great, and everything I had read said that the South Island was even better.

The South Island –despite being the geographically larger of the two New Zealand islands – has only 1/3 the population of the North Island.  In fact Auckland alone is home to more people than the entire South Island.  Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island, and it is still recovering from devastating 2011 earthquakes.

Still, the people who call the South Island home live in one of the most scenic places on earth.

Day 1 (Golden Bay)

The North Island had treated us well, but it was time to move on to the South Island.  We got up early to head over to the ferry.  You have to be at the ferry and checked in at least an hour before it leaves.  And this is not a ferry like you typically think of (at least in my case).  It was huge – more like a ship at 600 feet long with 10 decks.

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Golden Bay: Kayaks, Caves, and Seal Pups!

We left Wellington early this morning (around 6:45) to check into the ferry.  We were able to take our rental car with us to the South Island.  I use the term “ferry” loosely because it isn’t the type of ferry that we have taken previously throughout the trip.  It was really more of a ship with several decks, cafes, a cafeteria, bar, and movie theater.


Justin sat on the observation deck the whole time.  It was sort of chilly and windy for me in the morning, so I sat in the cafe and had a flat white until it warmed up a little.

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