So much for chronological sequencing.
We took the ferry from Wellington to Picton and drove to Nelson for the beginning of our South Island tour. It was a beautiful drive through wine (and sheep and cattle) country. Almond House hostel had a friendly group of young people and we spent our first night playing Cranium – imagine a German, a Canadian, a Brit and two US seniors. The language barrier alone made it a challenge. The shoes on the fence phenomena was seen in several locations and I’ve no explanation. Tree farming is BIG here – Pinus Radiata.