▨ Jamie McHale

Golden Bay

Sunshine and rain at the north of the south · November 2019

I’m in New Zealand for a couple of months visiting my brand new niece. My parents and aunties are visiting too, so we took a family trip out to Golden Bay on South Island New Zealand. It was a great few days. We haven’t travelled together as an extended family before, so it was nice to be able to spend the time.

We took the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton. It’s a great journey, with very picturesque views once you get across the Cook Strait. We even caught a few second glimpse of a pod of dolphins.

We spent the first night at an Airbnb in Ruby Bay, and visited Mapua and the marina there the next morning. The weather was great, and the town and area was lovely to visit.

Once we were over Takaka Hill the sun seemed to disappear. Golden Bay was shrouded in mist! I’ve visited a couple of times before in the sunshine, so this made for a different experience. We walked out near Farewell Spit, where I took a couple of dramatic misty photos.

I took a timelapse from the Interislander ferry through the Marlborough Sounds on the way from Picton to Wellington:

The boat journey home was lovely, with the sun going down over South Island, shining through the mist. Land of the long white cloud!

Long white cloud