Our 365-day road trip is taking us south – further south than most people ever go. The next stop over the Southern Ocean would be Antarctica. But you’d never think that the golden sandy shores with the crystal clear waters of Stewart Island would be the place. Well, it is and we’re going there today!
the bottom of the SOuth Island
Like the eager beavers that we are, we arrive in Bluff two hours earlier than the check-in time for the ferry to Stewart Island. Bluff really has that “end of the line” feeling with the land gently submerging into the sea. Plus, the highway into Bluff is State Highway 1, also the name of the highway we took out of Auckland on the very first day of this trip. If that’s not a monumental moment in this trip, then we don’t know what is. It feels like five years ago rather than five months ago that we started this insane journey of 365 days doing 365 activities. Sh*t, we have done a lot.
However, not everything is hunky dory on this noteworthy day. Robin is still suffering from man flu so we spend the morning curling up and trying to keep warm in the campervan†until 9.15am rocks around. Time to get onto the ferry!
Failing to pack light, again…
We’ve really tried to pack light for our three nights in Stewart Island, but still we have three backpacks and a box of computers that we’re loading into the large metal crates. (The hardship of running a business while on the road is that you can NEVER pack light). Then we watch as the metal crates are lifted by crane into the small ferry.