Following 22 days exploring the North Island, it is time to have a look at the South Island. Day 22 was spent merely driving to Wellington to await the ferry early the next morning. Today I caught the Interislander ferry; specifically the Kaitaki. This was another milestone in my journey as I was leaving the North Island behind. With Monday being a holiday in New Zealand it was a full ferry. The crossing lasts three and a half hours crossing the Cook Strait from Wellington in the North Island to Picton in the South Island. The last hour is quite scenic as the ferry pushes down Queen Charlotte Sound and passes numerous secluded bays, coves and inlets. Upon arrival at Picton, I had a 3 hour drive to Motueka, which I was using as a staging area for the Abel Tasman Park and eventually points north. Looking forward to the water taxis and hiking at Abel Tasman tomorrow.