|he’s the best 🙂|
Then we drove our little car onto the Interislander Ferry and took a trip across the Cook Straight! The ferry was comfortable and nice, and the ride was only about 3 hours. There are plenty of booths and chairs to sit and relax if you want, they also screen a movie you can buy a ticket for if you’d like.
They have a cafeteria style restaurant if you’re hungry, but you’re also able to bring your own food (which we did!). They also sell beer, wine, coffee and other fun drinks. While you’re invited to bring your own food, you cannot bring outside alcohol for consumption.
While it might not look that bad, let’s zoom in a little bit.
Every single little zig and zag was pretty much on the side of a cliff. And like I said before, unless you’re in a major city like Auckland, you’ll be driving on 2 lane roads. In this case, in the dark. With people coming careening around the corner…. I was miserable. I think this would be slightly better if done during the day, but still would make me nervous as you wouldn’t have the headlights to let you know someone was coming!But once we got to Nelson (the town outside of Abel Tasman) where our hotel was, and I was a happy camper again! We stayed at The Sails hotel which was adorable and modern. It was a favorite of ours from the trip. We stayed on the ground floor, which I actually preferred because I could sit on the balcony and drink wine in my bathrobe 🙂
After exploring the beach and paddling back, we were shocked to see the beach we started at was much longer… the tide had gone out almost a quarter mile!
|When we got back from our kayaking adventure!|
|When we arrived! Big difference!|
I also found this pretty little starfish guy. So unique, right? Definitely unlike any starfish I’ve ever seen! The perfect end to a perfect day.
After a long day of kayaking, we wanted a nice dinner! We got a few suggestions from our guide, one of which he said “you’ll never get in without a reservation” – but we walked right in! The hostess said we were incredibly lucky, apparently this never happens. I’ll take it! It was one of our favorite meals 🙂
It was at the Boat Shed Cafe, and I loved it! We ordered several of their “small” plates and shared… my favorite way to eat. Not to mention, we got a table on their covered patio (it’s open when the weather is warmer!) with this beautiful view of the sunset! The whole restaurant was adorable and we loved it.
I would definitely recommend making the reservations if you’re headed to Nelson! And ask for a table on the patio 😉