The South Island is GORGEOUS. Beyond words to describe. The ferry ride – except for the stretch in the middle with nothing to see but endless water – was full of unbelievable mountains and rolling hills, and really? Totally worth the time it took to travel from Wellington to Picton.

Picton itself was … sorta boring, but that’s okay, because I hopped right on a coach to Kaikoura, which is more awesome.

Okay, okay, Kaikoura is also small. But also full of awesome.

They have dolphin swims (all booked up) and seal swims, and okay, I didn’t do that either but I did take a really long trek around the peninsula and see the seal colony and also: get amazing pictures.

Today, at 2, I’m heading to Hanmer Springs, and after that? Hm. Not really sure.