We began our much-anticipated journey to the South Island via the Blue Bridge Ferry to Picton. We crossed Cooks Strait on a fairly calm day, the sea can get quite rough in this area. Simone was once again happy to have her trusty sea bands though. The three and half-hour cruise was very scenic, especially once we entered the Marlborough Sounds.
After disembarking in Picton we took a short bus ride to the ferry terminal to collect our backpacks. Waiting outside the terminal was Russell the owner of the Echo Lodge Bed and Breakfast where we would be staying for the next 2 nights. Russell drove us through town, pointing out some good restaurants for dinner. The town was small, but very nice set right on the bay full of small boats.
We were welcomed to the small 3 bedroom bed and breakfast by Chloe the cat and soon met Russell’s wife Sharon. They showed us around and we all chatted a bit before walking the couple blocks into town for dinner at Oxley’s Rock.
Oxley’s was recommended by Russell and Sharon and we were even given a discount coupon. Dinner was great and the service was wonderful. Jason had a fresh seafood soup and Simone enjoyed a vegetarian manicotti. Our waitress suggested a short walk to Bob’s Bay after dinner. We took her advice and enjoyed the walk into the bay, however we decided to go back a different way (the long way!) and got a bit nervous once the sun had set!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Echo Lodge. Breakfast including homemade yogurt was absolutely delicious and the owners were a delight to chat with. Our stay in Picton was very enjoyable and we would definitely recommend a stay there after taking the ferry.