Cycling Tour in New Zealand, Day 6

November 24 Thursday, Rai Valley to Spring Creek

Day 6 map

Day 6 elevation profile
55 miles, 623 feet of climb, 486 ft max

Road scene with Sue in foreground It was raining off-and-on most of the night and we had cold drizzle almost all morning.

Looking over the valley, with ferns in the foreground However the spectacular scenery along Queen Charlotte Sound on the way into Picton made up for the poor weather.

Boats on Queen Charlotte sound

Vista overlooking houses near the shore

Tree-covered hills jutting directly down into the water

Overlooking a bay with Picton visible in a cut in the hills As we approached Picton we glimpsed the town just over the next ridge.

Harbor near Picton with stacks of wood for shipment This harbor, one valley over from the main Picton harbor, seems to be dedicated to shipping lumber.

A freighter pulling out from the dock A freighter was pulling away from a dock just as we came into town.

The InterIslander car ferry The car ferry shuttles between the north and south islands.

Downtown Picton, war memorial We had a nice lunch around 3:00 in Picton and decided to press on to Blenheim.

We're staying at Swampy's Backpackers in Spring Creek, just north of Blenheim. The first two places I called were full. Swampy's had only a funky trailer available that Swampy had been using while he built his house. But it was probably a lot quieter than a hostel full of young hostellers on work visas. We had a nice chat with him. He told us he had seen lots of dolphins close to shore from a boat off Ohau point recently. He tried to show us his video of them but the battery in his camcorder died.

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