This time, we drove to Wellington, which meant going along the ‘desert road’ past Ruapehu, an active volcano in north island. We also visited Mt Egmont, also known as Taranaki before boarding the ferry from Wellington to Picton, an interesting passage up some of the Marlborough Sounds.
It was the Sounds we wanted to see, so we picked up another car in Picton, and made our way along the north coast of South Island, then out along 50 km of unsealed (i.e. gravel) roads to French Pass, one of the more fascinating spots in the Sounds.
After visiting an ex-ABP colleague in Nelson, a delightful town with a large marina, we toured the northern end of South Island before returning to Auckland.
We made a brief visit to see David in the Bay of Islands, and had a delightful day out on his launch Feather.
Then we had a week in a cottage in Algies Bay, near Warkworth in North Island for a beach holiday with the family. It was very hot, and the shade of the Pohutukawa trees behind the beach was essential.