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New Zealand: Ferry from Picton to Wellington

By on September 10, 2007 in New Zealand

The train from Christchurch arrived about 15 minutes late, but I was still in plenty of time to catch the ferry.

The ferry was about a 2-minute walk from train station (bags were checked on the train and transferred to the ferry) and was a former English Channel ferry –  previously called Pride of Cherbourg.

Ferry from Picton to Wellington - formally an English channel ferry

Ferry from Picton to Wellington – formally an English channel ferry

Picton to Wellington ferry - formally an English channel ferry

Picton to Wellington ferry – formally an English channel ferry

On the trip, I was being stalked by a Swedish male who now lives in Wellington. He was on the train and spent 5-6 hours chatting up a woman from London, UK. When I went for lunch on the ferry (fish and chips; $5.50 NZ – not great fish n chips until you work out the price – less than £2) he sat down near me and was still talking to the woman….  his voice really carried.

Leaving Picton

Leaving Picton

The ferry crossing was without incident.  Sea conditions were described as Moderate but were fairly smooth. It was very windy though.

One surprise was the first hour of the trip was spent navigating through some really interesting channels and islands before getting to the sea. And at one point it looked like we were running out of navigable waterway, however, there was a hidden sharp right to the open sea.

One hour - still not really left the south island - in the channel, heading for the sea

One hour – still not really left the south island – in the channel, heading for the sea

Where are we going?  Only land ahead....

Where are we going?  Only land ahead….

Where are we going?  Only land ahead....

Where are we going?  Only land ahead….

Finally - the sea

Finally – the sea

Finally - the sea

Finally – the sea

First view of Wellington

First view of Wellington

Transfer from the ferry terminal to the train station was by free courtesy coach run by the ferry company.  The coach left the ferry terminal, once the last bag has been picked up from the baggage carousel, and took around 5 minutes get to Wellington train station.

Ferry stats:

Maximum speed: 41 km/h (25.5 mph)
Average speed: 31.9 km/h (19.8 mph)
Sailing time: just over 3 hour
Distance: 96.6 km (60 miles)

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