23.02.2014 - 23.02.2014 19 °C
Getting up at 8:00 in an almost freezing car (8C) was adventurous for the entire family. But we managed, also by getting out to a warm sun. A number of seagulls and ducks which were seeking for food on the camping grounds what motivated Emilka to warm up by chasing them.
An ultra-beautiful scenic drive along the coast to Picton with turquise ocean on one and hills and mountains formation on the other side, was a surprise and a brilliant beginning of the next week of our travel.
Arrived at the ferry port with enough time allowing to have a delicious capuccino.
Coffee was supposed to have an important role in the culture of New Zealand and was said to be of a high quality. And we confirm this, with a little surprise though because the quality of a shot of espresso here could be expected very well in coffee-driven Italy or Portugal. Really tasty.
Now we're moving to drive on the ferry. See you later.
One cannot describe how beautiful the ferry route between Picton and Wellington is. It's necessary to have a high volume memory card because you catch yourself taking multiple pictures of the very same view :-).
The cruise time is 3h and allegedly the quickest swim over took a little over 4h... Eitherway, there is a playground for the kids on the deck 2 which Emilia loved, there are cinemas, a restaurant with fast food and many good lookout seats on the highest deck 10. We're now 1h away from Wellington. The strong wind has swiped away many travellers from the deck 10 to the inside so we have lots of place for us. Emilia fell asleep ;-)
They call Wellington The Windy City and they are not mistaken - this is the windiest place I have visited so far. I wonder what winds Chicago has to offer but I guess, Wellington will be hard to beat.
New Zealand's capital was "closed" when we got there: the CBD (Central Business District) lives by regular working times and doesn't offer too much after hours (besides its architecture). We found however a nice place to eat in the other part of the city. Wellington's town centre is relatively small and can be walked back and forth easily. It is also limited by the surrounding hills, mountains and the ocean.
The first glance on the city after arrival was very positive but we will spend a day here also tomorrow so will be able to say more after a day.
Emilka respects the wind and so let's herself be seated in the buggy (wozek / Kutsche) without crying :-) She only started to strike today when she got really hungry. But a few bites turned back the good mood and she got even recognized by a grouo of Asian women who had seen her on the ferry. Big world seems to shrink for our daughter now.