New Zealand 19 March: Wellington - Nelson

Early Morning Ferry Crossing to the South Island

Thank you so much Interislander ferry company! What a great team of people and a beautiful crossing.

We meet the Captain, Colin Batty and all the lovely crew including Suze Kolaczynski and Mayia Halbert. They are so encouraging and really delighted to hear about the Peace Run.

The Interislander ferry company give the whole team and our vans a complimentary ferry crossing over the Cook Straight. It was a 2am departure so a very early start.

They allow us to go up to the captain's bridge and see how they navigate their way through all the islands of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sounds. Tane Beech is the third mate and very kindly showed us the ropes.

Abhejali is happy she isn't swimming the Cook Straight this time. Last year in February swimming the straight took her 13 hours, 9 minutes and it was tough! For her courageous efforts the Interislander company has given her free ferry crossings for life!!

The sun rises over Picton.

After watching the sunrise we begin running at 7am

Marlborough is famous for it's vineyards and wine production.

Running towards Nelson.

The boys team meet a grape picker and taste the most delicious grapes!

...while the girls team are busy fixing their leaking back tyre. This very helpful man from Picton Tools and Tyres gets us back on the road in no time and at no cost. Thank you Sir.

On our way again.

Hira School is an awesome school to visit.

...with many smiling children.

We love their singing.

Thank you Hira School.

Nelson Intermediate School runners come to meet us and run with us carrying the peace torch proudly.

A very powerful haka from the whole school. The school's very own haka.

The Peace Run team is given the challenge of guessing the student's many different nationalities.

This young ladie's nationality was the hardest to guess... She is from Mauritius.

Picton Primary School gave us a great welcome.

The children were very well behaved.

Thank you so much Picton Primary.

And here comes Waimea Intermediate School.

What a beautiful song!

And amazing art. Thank you.

Thank you Waimea for such an enthusiastic afternoon!

Hope to see you again.

The men's team are generously hosted by Catherine at the awesome Fairfield House. Thank you!!

A huge and happy thank you to Robin for having us to stay at her lovely Asure Fountain Resort Motel. She is so enthusiastic in her support of the Peace Run and all that it stands for.