The Ferry, the South Island and Kaikoura

There is a Wi-fi here in Kaikoura so here goes!
Yesterday we took the cable car up to the observatory in Wellington and the botanical gardens. Wellington is indeed a beautiful city and we hardly scratched the surface.

Cable car, opened in 1902.
Cable car, opened in 1902.

The cable car remained largely unchanged until 1978 when it was replaced with the current Swiss design, a hybrid cable car and funicular. We then had a look round the Te Papa museum which is a superb building and FREE!

Mary in her flower hunting mode!
Mary in her flower hunting mode!
Botanical gardens.
Botanical gardens.

Mary was still after that ultimate flower picture. Then after lunch Keith arrived and off we went on a visual tour chauffeured tour.

The happy couple on Mt.Victoria overlooking Wellington.
The happy couple on Mt.Victoria overlooking Wellington.
The Te Papa museum from Mt Victoria.
The Te Papa museum from Mt Victoria.

We finished up at his house and Malcolm is going to have to work hard on that figure as Keith has a few years on him and looks in much better shape! A lovely Thai meal rounded off just a perfect day. The toe is better thanks to nurse Treen and thanks to all of you who were keen to know how it was progressing.

Here's to the next 38 years!
Here’s to the next 38 years!
Again we only touched the very outer limits of the gardens
Again we only touched the very outer limits of the gardens

We bade farewell last night to the harbour view and this morning we headed for the ferry. 600 cars on board, this was no small ship! The crossing was a little dull but wonderfully calm.

Night, night Wellington.
Night, night Wellington.
This is a ferry as we know it Jim!
This is a ferry as we know it Jim!

Tomorrow we swim with the Dolphins! Now that might be very amusing. Have you ever seen Malcolm in a wet suit? Sorry not a pleasant image to leave you with. Please don’t have nightmares and thank you for reading. M & M

Sweet dreams!
Sweet dreams!
Now this is a sea view! If the waves get too big, they could end up in the room!
Now this is a sea view! If the waves get too big, they could end up in the room!

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

10 thoughts on “The Ferry, the South Island and Kaikoura”

  1. Really looking forward to the wet suit experience Malcolm, do you need a special lens for that pic? Great pictures by the way, and glad you are having a wonderful time.

  2. Oooh another comment…Whilst watching the cricket today…where the black Caps (N.Z.) completely destroyed the English…That very lookout on Mt Vic featured on the Broadcast….We also saw a very good friend and great Soundie…Richard..Whom also featured (briefly) as one got a view of the tech areas…Oh so boringly In!!!! Been there done that…(but cool to see Rich)….MG

  3. Wow! That really tiny person is Keith W.???? How does that work?… Well if one only consumes Ties (and cravats presumably) then one will never gain weight..Obvious really…Seriously though…Kaikoura? Why?… Looking ahead to the next few days I just loved Wanaka (and Luggate, just a shade east) when younger and still employed..Had many drunken moments to cherish..Funny how the Telly biz always seems to end in drunken moments…were we all really that bad???? Martin and S

    1. Kaikoura because that’s where you swim with the dolphins! And yes, dear Keith, small but beautifully marked! Must stop those fish and chips.

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