Immediately after getting up we took the 8:30 a.m. ferry from Wellington to Picton – South Island. The crossing was very pleasant, in the best sea weather. It lasted a good 3 hours and costs for 4 pers. + camper 531 NZD. You don’t have any fixed seats, but we got a nice table in the conservatory of the café.
On the way to Kaikoura we saw a large sea lion colony at Half Moon Bay. That was probably a few hundred animals, many mothers with very small howlers. They have basked on the rocks.
You can see them very well from the side of the road, over a railing. At the campsite we grilled for dinner. The weather is getting a little better, we could sit outside at about 20 degrees.