Today we said goodbye to the North Island and boarded the ferry to the South Island. We were expecting the typical car ferry; cars parked all of the place, with an open deck, very basic. We were pretty surprised to find it was more of a small cruise ship. It had lounges, bars, food courts, even a movie theater. There was so much to see, the 3 hour trip went fast. We arrived at Picton and promptly boarded a train headed south to Kaikoura (Kay-korda). The train trip was a lot of fun. The seats are like a restaurant booth, four seats with a table in the middle and we had it all to ourselves. The train traveled down the coast along between the beach and the mountains. Pretty cool. We arrived in Kiakoura and hopped the shuttle bus to the Lobster Inn. As the name implies, this area is known for crawfish, just like a lobster but without the big claws. We went into the small bar for something to eat and Brian ordered a beer that looked like Coors Light. The locals at the bar said “Hello, nice day for drinking piss!” Brian felt right at home because he
hears the same in St. Mary’s County. Amy had a great lobster dinner and Brian had scallops. They serve the scallops with the roe attached. Um…yuck. We walked around the town for a couple of minutes and by that time we were done. Time to rest for tomorrow’s big adventure. That’s all for now. Stay tuned.