Tourists don't know where they've been, travellers don't know where they're going.

Paul Theroux

From Wellington, arguably the most spectacular ferry journey takes you across the Cook Strait to Picton on South Island. 

Known from mythology as Te Waka a Maui (‘Maui’s Canoe’) the official name of the island is Te Waipounamu. The name actually means ‘the water of greenstone’ but may be derived from the Māori ‘Te Wāhi Pounamu’, the place of greenstone (pounamu) which more specifically refers to the west coast of South Island where this precious stone was discovered long ago by the explorer Ngahue.

The second half of our journey across Aotearoa took us to the north of the island, down the east coast, through the Southern Alps to Westlands and down the east coast to the glacier at Franz Joseph. We then headed through the Haast Pass to Wanaka, Queenstown and the Remarkables before heading down to Fjordland, to the famous Milford Sound. Back to Queenstown, we then headed to Christchurch, travelling up the eastern side of the Southern Alps, past Lake Tekapo then over the plains of Canterbury to Christchurch.

More later of an amazing journey through an amazing country., but for now, some more (I think) amazing photos of the trip.

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