After Christchurch we headed out of the South Island 😦 we took the very early morning train up to picton. Here we had a clam chowder and fish cake lunch overlooking the harbour town in the Marlborough sound. We then boarded the interislander ferry back over to Wellington.
Arriving in Wellington at around 5.30pm we checked into our motel and then went for a walk around the city. We took the tram ride up the hill to the botanic gardens. The gardens were beautiful and we gradually meandered our way back down to the city. For dinner we went to the ‘crabshack’. Very fisherman themed bar restaurant on the waterfront.
Departing from Auckland I took an early train through the dramatic and beautiful landscape of the north, down to wellington. Everywhere I passed could have featured somewhere in lord of the rings. In some places I would see an area that I thought they definitely must have filmed at and then two minutes later I would scrap that because I would have seen somewhere else much more likely.
Over high bridges, passing rivers, hobbit like hills and mounds, snow capped mountains in the distance and then finally down to the west coast leading us into wellington. The train ride was well worth the money, and informative! We each had headphones we could listen to history or geographical information about all the places we were passing.