We had to meet the bus at 0730 this morning from Wellington to catch the Interislander ferry to the South Island. The ferry is a ten-story ship, around the same size as a small cruise ship. We spent the entire three-hour journey in the cafe and tried to catch up on some sleep.
When we finally arrived in Picton on the South Island, our driver, Jared, drove us to a winery for a $5 wine tasting. I bought a bottle of Pinot noir to bring to our next hostel for $10. We had another stop in Nelson for a supermarket visit and then continued the drive to Abel Tasman.
Tonight we are staying in the Adventure Inn in Marahau. The hostel is owned by an ex-Kiwi Experience bus driver. We are staying in a small house, and it’s quite nice and home-y. We had a home-cooked dinner and freshly baked cookies for dessert. Behind the house is the community area that is currently being built up but has pool tables, wood-burning fireplace and a cinema.