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Ferry trip across Cook Strait

Ferry trip across Cook Strait

  • Author: Dave Patterson
  • Date Posted: Feb 27, 2015
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We traveled to the south island of New Zealand by Ferry from Wellington to Picton. The trip was about three hours and cost us about $45 US each. The ferry is an experience well worth having. The passage out of Wellington to the Cook Strait offers interesting views, but the trip through channels at the northern tip of the south island is really something. I’ve posted a few photos below, but first  some thoughts that came to me as we crossed the Cook Strait.

The One or the Other

It’s large
The ocean
I say THE ocean
Because really
There is only one ocean
All those waters of many names
Are connected
And they’re not stitched together
Like some globe-encircling patchwork slipcover
By a bunch of little straits and channels
No they’re one whole Shrink wrapped piece of blue
Sucked into place
By the great squeezer
Gravity
And here I am on it
The ocean I mean
In this pimple of a ship
But I might just as well have meant
The other
Gravity

Passage through south island to Picton

Passage through south island to Picton

Leaving the north island

Leaving the north island

Entrance to passage to Picton

Entrance to passage to Picton

Hidden cove

Hidden cove

Lumber barge in the channel

Lumber barge in the channel

 

Picton

Picton

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    1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the shots of your passage. Beautiful water scenes. Karen, yesterday we ushered for the LightWire Company’s “Ugly Duckling” All 1st and 2nd graders. It was so clever. They loved it! Enjoy!

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