This is another early starting day not only because we use to wake up early but also because we are going for the Bluebridge Ferry from North Island to South Island. I did check the time table in advance and decide to take the trip that departing Wellington at 08:00 hours. According to the requirement, we have to go to the ferry terminal 1 hour in advance for boarding.
Entering to the deck level of the vessel is the transportation parking area. We parked in the queue as per guidance by the working personnel there. Then there is a staircase that we can walk up three floors to the passenger deck. There is also personal lift available.
|Vehicles parking one after the other in line on deck level|
|The "Still empty" parking line on deck level in Ferry|
|Staircase to go from vehicle deck to passenger deck|
|breakfast time: The Dining Hall|
|Queuing to buy breakfast|
|Impress with her selection of breakfast|
"Cruise Tour" after breakfast
|Life boat hoist|
|Bow of ferry|
|Ferry alongside, waiting to depart|
|Child care room onboard|
|exposed upper vehicle deck in the rain|
|Resting after "Cruise Tour"|
|Driving out from the Ferry terminal at Picton|
|Driving route from Picton to Greymouth|
|Beautiful lady with Grape field background|
|Irrrigator on diary farm field|
|One of the view along the highway|
As I normally believe, resting is for a longer distance to progress. So we have to continue our journey after the cafe and toiler stop. Finally we arrived at Greymouth around 6 pm. The selection of home stay tonight is a caravan in the bush, around 5 KM away from Greymouth city center hosted by Paul and Jannie. This is a choice I made after discussion with my partner. We want to try to feel the stay and overnight in caravan. This is definitely a larger version as compare to the 2-men caravan with larger bed.
The caravan we stayed in the Zephyr model produced in Dunedin in 1973. The host will drive it for their tour annually and it had just be renovated a year ago. When they do not go for tour, this caravan will be parked beside their serene home and it make us very convenient because the host allow us to get into their home and used their kitchen and bathroom.
It was a comfortable stay, except the bed is short compare to both of us. Thus we are glad that we make the rich choice of renting a normal car rather than using caravan for our trip.
The day seems to get dark later in the South Island as compare to North Island. We decide to drive to Greymouth city center for a quick look around and took our dinner.
Our host of the day, Paul and Jennie are very friendly couple. Paul is very enthusiastic in their living environment. He told us lots of history of Greymouth including the near by stream where people went for gold mining. Today, he likes to go to the stream but no more gold is found but cobblestone.
|A night view outside of the Caravan in the bush|