We dropped off our hire car at the Picton wharf and then checked in at the desk with our luggage. Just like booking in for an airline. When we were allowed on board, there was an orderly boarding and we found some lounge style seats near the front of the ship. Our trip was at 10.30am so we visited the cafe on board for lunch. There was not a great choice, but certainly adequate for the crossing. We read and walked around the ship to pass the time. The scenery in Charlotte Sound was really great.
We arrived in Wellington on time after an uneventful crossing and picked up the hire car for the second leg of our trip on North Island. An excellent way of getting from Island to Island.
TIP on Hire Cars - make sure you really check the car for any damage before leaving with the car. We hired through BUDGET and the car was parked within a few inches of the car next to it on the lot, and consequently I did not have the ability to check the car on that side before moving it. After moving it, I found the scratch but Budget are claiming that I did not raise it with them before driving the car.
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