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Nelson to Picton

Via the scenic route through Havelock and Linkwater

sunny 20 °C

We said goodbye to our wonderful host Kerry at around 9:50 and took the road towards Havelock and Linkwater. The road to Havelock was quite mountainous and from Cullen Point we had great views of the Mahakipawa Arm of the Pelorus Sound. From Linkwater to Grove was fine farmland. From then on the road to Picton had stunning views of the Grove Arm of the Queen Charlotte Sound. However, this is not for everyone with dozens and dozens of hairpins. As we approached Picton, we turned a tight corner and there was the giant "Ovation of the Seas" cruise ship (4,900 passengers), docked in Shakespeare Bay. The dock itself was covered in thousands of huge logs which we assumed were going to be loaded onto a freighter once the ship had left. Not the most scenic arrival as they were whisked off in a stream of buses


Picton itself has a lovely location and is where the cross-Tasman passenger and vehicle ferries arrive. We checked in and had a walk around the marina where Jeni decided she wanted to do the steep and Bobs Bay walk. Not only was it very steep, it was also very dangerous and apparently the view at the end was no better than the view at the start!


The town is OK for an overnight stay but unfortunately there was a fierce wind coming off the Sound so we couldn't enjoy a drink outside at any of the cafes and bars

Posted by kforge 02:33 Archived in New Zealand

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