One of the oldest tourist attractions in the South Island is TSS Earnslaw. It’s a 1912 Edwardian twin screw steamer based on Lake Wakatipu. Seen here sailing past the Queenstown Gardens towards the town centre. This is the only remaining commercial passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere. It’s one of a couple of boat trips in New Zealand that I’ve photographed a few times but never actually done the trip on the boat itself. I would expect some amazing views of the southern alps from the lake. The scenic cruise across Lake Whakatipu takes around 1.5 hours. Next time I’m in Queenstown I’ll do my best to take a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw.
Heading west along the Bridgewater canal we came to the Moorings Pub in Worsley. On a day out on my uncle’s canal barge we got many great views as we traveled from Sale to RHS Garden Bridgewater. This was the furtherest down the canal we travelled, our turning point was the Boothstown Basin here in front of the Bridgewater marina off camera to the right. This day we had a picnic lunch with us. Next time hopefully we can go into the Moorings for a pint or a meal.
Akaroa Harbour is a sheltered and popular sailing spot. There were dozens of yachts like these to be seen from Beach Road. In the centre is Dixie but I can’t make out the names of the other two yachts. On the other side of the harbour is Wainui village and the hills of the Peraki Saddle Reserve. I choose to photograph three boats on purpose as things often look better as an odd number. It was also a little tricky to frame this without getting half of another boat on the edge of the picture.
Kaiarahi is one of Interislander’s ferry. Seen here sailing into Queen Charlotte Sound. We had to wait about half an hour our ferry for the Kaiarahi to leave Picton Harbour. Taken from another Interislander ferry looking north, back towards the island we had come from. Going between New Zealand’s North Island and South Island there are a couple of options. Flying is the quickest and most convenient. If you want to take a vehicle with you, the ferry is the way to go. There are two companies, Blue Bridge and Interislander. I’ve done the crossing half a dozen times now, it takes around 3 to 4 hours. A lot of this depends on the weather. The Cook Strait can have high winds and waves. We got lucky with the weather on the morning we sailed south. Even seeing some dolphins as we entered the Malborough Sounds.