LOCATIONS: Kaikoura to Wellington

Jucy Car Rentals - New ZealandKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Following on from my travels further South, I boosted from my parents place in North Canterbury before dawn and jumped back on State Highway 1 heading north. Timing was bang on to crest the windy Hundalee range and see the rose gold sun creeping up along the Kaikoura Coast. I took some time out to lap it all in and was rewarded with seeing a SUPER POD (my words….it was enormous!!) of dolphins frolicking parallel to shore.

Kaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeSee! The super pod of dolphins above??
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Kaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
 

I then headed on to The Cave restaurant where my family has stopped without fail for a piece of fresh fish ever since I was a little girl. Armed with my breaky I shot up to the look out on the Kaikoura peninsula and lapped up the truly unique spot that this place is….snowy mountains annnnnnd rich coastline, not a common site for the Southern Hemisphere!

 
Kaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Kaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

I then cruised on, a quick few shots of the iconic fresh crayfish vendor; Nins Bin and continued winding up the coast then on through the dry hills of Marlborough. Here I actually stayed the night with the terrific Alex Fulton and family but have a WHOLE post saved to share their amazing home with you!

The following morning it was a half hour drive from Blenheim to Picton where me and my wee car lined up for the Interislander Ferry.

Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeBeautiful little Picton – gatekeeper of the South Island
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Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeInterislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
 

The Marlborough Sounds will forever be one of my most treasured spots but to cruise through it on the ferry and not on a little boat with my family felt foreign and allowed me to admire its magic from a whole new point of view.

This trip HAS to be on everyone’s kiwi bucket list.
If you like this landscape you might enjoy the story of my sister’s recent wedding in the Sounds.

 
Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Moi! Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeObligatory selfie …bi-product of solo road tripping I’m afraid!
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Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

After a few hours we approached the dock in Wellington Harbour after crossing the Cook Strait with no problem. As always I watched in respectful wonder how the hell someone could maneuver a boat that big to such an exact level….I challenge you to getting a small power boat near a jetty with ease…

Wellington is amazing from the harbour. It’s all white house nestled in green hills and just has a lightness about it that I don’t see in other NZ cities. In fact it always reminds me a little of San Francisco.

Next post is on my adventures in the capital!

Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeWellington from the Interislander Ferry, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Wellington from the Interislander Ferry, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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3 Discussion to this post

  1. reid.damnit says:

    You are gorgeous! and these photos are making me just a little excited for my upcoming trip in Jan. I haven’t done the ferry in a while, looking forward to a mini theatre and jaffas with walks on the deck.

  2. […] This is the final installment from the 2 week road trip I did in late Autumn. Starting in Queenstown I dashed to Dunedin and Wanaka then on up to Christchurch. Zapped sideways to Hanmer Springs, fish for breaky in Kaikoura, a colourful nights stay with Alex Fulton then dawn on the ferry through to Wellington. Gasp. You can check out the the legs of this roady both here and here. […]

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