The adventure on the other island begins.
At seven am we were waiting for the gates to open to admit us to the marshalling yard to board the Interislander. Unfortunately, there was some sort of tangle in the yard which required a whole lot of shuffling of trucks and trailers before domestic passengers and their vehicles could commence loading. We got off to a slow start.
However, the strait was almost flat calm and the voyage on the Kaitaki was uneventful. As we reached the end of Tory Channel, we passed Aratere coming out of the sound into the channel.
I got a subway for lunch in Blenheim which allowed the initial conglomeration of traffic from the ferry to disperse a bit more. We went to the disused road/rail bridge at Seddon and sat on the banks of the Awatere River to eat.
From there the trip to Christchurch where we were to stay with my brother- and sister-in-law at Rolleston, was without incident. A pause for coffee at Kaikoura allowed me a shot at the snow-capped peak of Tapuae-o-Uenuku which I usually see from Wellington.
More adventures tomorrow.
*Skye boat song (trad)