Four and a half hours after leaving Rotorua we finally arrived in Wellington.
Once we arrived in Wellington we didn’t have a clue where to find our hotel so we stopped at a local gas station to get some directions. Both girls that I asked in the gas station seemed a little hesitant and didn’t really know of the street I was looking for, so I was pretty much on my own. I hopped back in the car and started to drive in the general direction in which I thought it was but we ended up on the highway leading out of town. Once again, I pulled into another gas station in town and got some directions from a guy this time. He knew what I was talking about and gave me some clear directions to the hotel. It ended up being about 3 or 4 streets from the original gas station that I stopped at, so I’m not sure what those girls were on.
After checking into our hotel, which was kind of a run down place, I was anxious to book our hotel for the next day, so I brought my laptop down to the bar area and connected via a wireless hot spot. After messing around for an hour or two I finally got fed up and decided to do things the old fashioned way, I got a list of hotels and motels in Blenheim and started dialing them on the phone. Two or three phone calls later I had our motel room booked in the town of Blenheim for the next day. Lisa and I were exhausted at this point and went straight to bed.
We awoke around 6:00 A.M. to catch the InterIslander Ferry crossing at 8:30, taking us from the north island down to the south island. It was a 5 minute drive from our hotel and thankfully we didn’t get lost again. We arrived a little after 7:00 and had to wait until 7:30 before boarding the ferry.