A short half hour north of Blenheim is the beautiful little town of Picton. It is both the gateway to the numerous channels and islands of the world famous Queen Charlotte Sound and Cook Strait. Picton is also the little town that cruise ships land at and where the Interisland ferry over to Wellington docks. So there is a lot of traffic and people flowing in and out of Picton going across to the North Island. It is the only spot on the South Island where the crossing happens. When we did our 14 day New Zealand cruise last year, Picton was one of our favorite places and the drive today through the back roads around the sound just cemented that memory of how beautiful it is. It reminds us of Milford Sound, NZ and many places along Alaska's inside passage.
We dropped Seth off an hour's car ride out of Picton to do a nice day hike on the Queen Charlotte hiking trail. We then went around the area and did some walking and viewed look-outs as well as walked through the small town of Havelock----Green lipped Mussel capital of New Zealand. They sure like to decorate things with green mussel shells in that little town!
10,835 steps and 3 hours of driving today. Tomorrow we head back to Picton to drop off the dollar rental car and pick up an older clunker again - then we drive to Tasman where we spend 8 days.