October 23, 2014 … speed bonnie boat*

The adventure on the other island begins.

Waiting to board

I am always amazed by the sheer number of large trucks and cars that get swallowed up by a single sailing of one of the interisland ferries

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.

Crossing in Tory Channel

As we emerge into Queen Charlotte Sound, we met the Aratere coming the other way.

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.


The old one-lane road/rail bridge at Seddon. The trains still go over the top, but the one-way road bed has been lifted.

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.


Mighty mountain behind Kaikoura

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)


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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3 Responses to October 23, 2014 … speed bonnie boat*

  1. Elisabeth Piskolti says:

    I was interested to see the road/rail bridge at Seddon. It always was the highlight of my trips from Christchurch to Nelson and back. I am sorry to see that there must be now a new road bridge which is sad but I am not surprised but it always was fun going over the bridge. I have lived out of New Zealand for over 40 years so I guess things do changes. I do enjoy your blog and your photographs which encourage me to keep up my own photography.

  2. Toya says:

    That bridge was the one part of South Is trips that I really hated. I am not at all sorry to see the shiny new bridge away from the trains. 🙂

  3. George Berger says:

    Pat and I took the Tranz Alpine – – both ways – – on Easter Tuesday in ’94. Not quite as you have described and pictured, but still a photogenic journey. We got some interesting shots of the mural in Greymouth.

    Have fun!

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