We pack our bags again and head off up to Picton. It’s a beautiful bright sunny day, we stop at a supermarket to get provisions for our Christmas w/e then drive up through the mountains, and along a river valley through old gold rush towns, stopping in Havelock to look at their funny little museum and flea market where we pick up a few bargains, arriving at Picton at about 2pm. The owners live in the bottom half of the house which is smothered with Xmas lights and decorations, and they’ve kindly supplied us with a few bits to get us in the mood. The place is comfortable and fully equipped with a large hot tub on the verandah. We wander into Picton which seems to have more boats than houses, then go for a swim down by the harbour. This is where the interisland ferry comes in from Wellington, it’s a really busy little harbour and marina.
|Whites Bay on Christmas morning|
|View from the top of the ridge up the coast to Port Underwood|
|Setting off from Picton early morning Boxing Day|
|Ship Cove jetty where the boat drops us|
|Looking down on Resolution Bay from the Queen Charlotte Track|
Leaving South Island
We had a terrific holiday in Picton and because it’s hot Summer over here, we're out exploring every day and it's not a bit like Christmas so we didn’t really miss the kids any more than usual. Mike having the chance to work down here has been a fantastic opportunity for us to see another part of New Zealand, having accommodation and flight paid for, and my being able to slot into working in the local Hospice Shop has meant that I can keep busy doing something useful too. Beginning to feel like a gypsy with all the moving around though so quite looking forward to returning to our Auckland home on Friday, where we've been told Santa's paid us a visit.