Wellington to Nelson Via Interislander Ferry, Picton & Havelock on 3,932 kms

Feb 13, 2019

Our hotel last night was a short walk to the waterfront which was rather cute and historic at the same time so there were lots of eating options as well as having the advantage that it was only 5 minutes to the Interislander Ferry this morning to head to the South Island. The Ferry was obviously a newer edition to the fleet than the one we came north on so more options to sit and a really smooth passage as well. Once we landed, we headed straight off north west around the top of the South Island and headed via some awesome climbing and bendy roads to Nelson which is a large town and has a huge working port.


Beautiful historic building right on the waterfront in Wellington.


And another, this one used to be the Bond Store in very early years now it’s the Wellington Museum.


A work shot of the Wellington Harbour. I had tried to get a shot of a departing cruise liner, but I missed it.


And plenty of modern buildings around as well. 


Looking back at the harbour as the ferry turns around to get underway.


Was a lovely sunny passage and the views of the water inlets and harbours were beautiful.


The Sister Ferry heading in the opposite direction.


Picton Harbour from a vantage point soon after we headed off. That’s our ferry in the background.


Another work shot in Nelson as a commercial vessel heads off from Nelson Harbour.


A view of a small part of Nelson from a very steep residential street.

Last nights’ accommodation:

Ibis Wellington

153 Featherstone Street

Wellington NZ 6140


A small studio suite but functional all the same. Air-conditioning. Yay! Small but well-appointed bathroom. Room to sit and literally in the heart of the city. Staff terrifically helpful and welcoming. Parking available under the building, another Yay. Restaurant and bar on site so well catered for if you don’t want to venture out. Free Wi-fi and only 5 minutes to the Interislander Ferry so very handy.