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Nelson and South Island

We arrived in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand as planned, on March 3rd  in the early morning hours to a glorious sunshine after the only rough weather during that last night coming in to Cook Strait (the channel that separates North and South Islands and which creates a funnel effect for the winds so that it is nearly always blowing a gale in this area). And on the same dock as us, who else than Music!! Mary, Kenny and the kids had arrived back to their hometown in December and were happily settling in after 10 years at sea. How great to see them again and to reminisce about last year’s sailing. They kindly lent us their car and we were able to drive up into the Abel Tasman National Park and also across to Picton via the Marlborough Sounds.  

After a week in sunny Nelson, Ivo and Borut headed off to Picton through the Marlborough Sounds on Fiu while Susan stayed on a few more days in Nelson. The Sounds proved to be one of the worse anchorages yet, with a Venturi effect coming down off the hills and producing gusts of 50-70 knots of wind. Never had Fiu been shaken and stirred before as that first night at anchor in Elaine Bay. Like riding a rodeo bronco!

Reunion with Mary and Ken from SY Music

flowers in Nelson

More flowers

Stormy sky

With Tea and Steve

Again with Ken And Mary

 

Trip to golden Bay

Marlborough Sound

Picton was the destination and we all met up again there four days latter. Susan had hired a car so we left Fiu in the marina and off we went for a 10 day whirlwind tour of South Island. We now know that early March was really the end of the summer – we had the last few days of sun and warmth before winter started creeping up from Antarctica.

 

 

West Coast - from Picton to Greymouth, Franz Josef glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound

Touring South Island: land of the Lord of the Rings, sheep, last stop before Antarctica, some of the worst architecture (Lonely Planet agrees) the land where 'men are men and sheep are worried', home to a fake and cheeky sandwich eating kiwi (bird), sheep, vineyards we never stopped at, the smallest ever wooden box sleeping cabin, glaciers, sheep, the scariest mountain road, curious road signs, did I mention sheep,  and last but not least, many friends. The most wonderful hospitality awaited us in South Island. Mary’s sister Lydia on their dairy farm near Invercargill, Peter, Simon’s father, a wonderful charming young man of  89, living in Timaru, Pym’s sister Annabelle and Michael & two children on Ellesmere Spit outside Christchurch, and of course Mary & Kenny in Nelson.

We drove from Picton across to Westport, then down the west coast for a quick tramp (hey, we are in Kiwi land) up to Fox Glacier, Queenstown (where Borut left us to fly home to Slovenia), Milford  Sounds, down to Bluff the southernmost point of South Island, and back up to Picton along the East Coast via Christchurch.

Here we saw some of the funniest road signs - following are selected few:

Horsepoo for sale – half rotten, No Doctor, No Hospital, 1 cemetery, Eggs, fruit & things, Experience is what you get after you need it; The faster you drive, the bigger the mess; The homekill specialists; Hokatiki town motto is: great wildlife between 2 slices of bread.

Borut & Susan in front of the Franz Jozef Glaciar

please note people in the background

Ivo with the giantic 'ice-cream'

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Milford Sound-Trip by the boat

Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown

Soouth Alps

West Coast

West Coast-pancake rock

pancake rock

 

Far south - Bluff, Land's End

The southern most lighthouse

Susan - next stop-Antartica

How far to Punat??

 

East coast - Dunedin, Oamaru, Akaroa-Banks peninsula, Christchurch

Bank's peninsula - Akaroa

Aproaching Akaroa

Bank's peninsula

Christchurch

Christchurch

farms ..

more ship

more farms

fishing fleet in Oamaru

Oamaru

Next - Sailing North - Cook Strait, Wellington, Gisborne, Great Barrier Island, Auckland

 

 

 

 

 

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