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