Sunrise Cruise through the Cook Strait

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We picked a sunrise cruise for our sail through the Cook Strait – said to be one of the most beautiful ferry crossings in the world.  

The ferry port seemed like the best place to get some sleep for a few hours, for ease, but in hindsight, it was a daft idea to stay at the port! We pulled up under a motorway flyover where fortunately Fin was sound asleep pretty quickly.  How he even slept through the noise I’ll never know!  I basically did an all nighter, having convinced myself that if I did fall asleep, then we’d miss our boat.  So I stayed awake all night to be absolutely sure!

We were quayside as the sun was starting to rise, and it was shaping up to be the perfect day for sailing.  The water was flat as a pancake and the sun was rising on a clear day. The past few days had been really choppy with high winds, so we were in luck this morning.

The whole of the boarding process was super exciting for Fin.  This was Fin’s 3rdtime on a big car ferry but he couldn’t remember the last times as he was really little, so this time, he was taking it all in.  He loved watching all the action of the busy port whilst we waited our turn to drive into the car level of the ferry.

The Interislander boat was enormous, and once we had parked up, we made our way to the upper decks to get ourselves settled for the journey.  

We barely even realised we had set off as the boat was so smooth, and that was it, we were off, cruising our way out of the harbour.

The views were awesome and we spent a lot of time out on the deck, watching the world go by.  As we got further out to sea, a pod of dolphins came swimming past, jumping in our waves and playing as we cruised past.

Further into the journey, the views got more and more beautiful. We entered the Marlborough sounds and it was pretty as a picture.  

After sinking some coffee and breakfast, we were back out on deck together heading for the little town of Picton looking out for more dolphins.

The whole experience was really impressive.  The boat itself was definitely the best cruise ferry we have sailed on.  And the journey through the sounds was stunning.

We had arrived on the South Island, and we drove our little camper into the town of a glorious sunny Sunday morning, ready to start the next leg of our adventures.

Jen Skehan