Glad to see that you guy's are on the ball. I visited there while I was on the "Royal Viking Star", and we also cruised in the Queen Charlotte Sound. It is certainly a beautiful part of the world down there, I once thought of emigrating to NZ, but it didn't happen.
Frank, Aramoana was the first Rail ferry to run across Cook Strait. She carried 3 rakes of wagons and the usual Trucks and cars plus passengers. I sailed on her as OS 1965 or there abouts. It was a hell job,long hours but worked 2 crews week on week off...I will scan in a couple of pics for you
I would have to go with Picton too. But where are the pubs. It wasnt far to walk back to the ship after the six oclock swill. Now being a pure bred kiwi with parentage from Scotland and Cornwall I use to take great delight in watching 1st trippers eyes when they were introduced to beer being poured from a hose. Still they seemed to enjoy the nurses
Martin what is the Aramoana?????
As KPC says Our first RORO.
She was a real roller when the sea got up. I had one of my roughest trips on her when I was 12. this was after the Wahine sank so i was rather nervous going out the heads into 50 knots and heavy seas.
Frank P, I love the shots of life on board the Royal Viking Star, nice ship.
No doubt you heard what happened to the Mikhail Lermontov in those waters.
Never underestimate our ability to stuff things up as human beings.
As for Picton I must go over on the Kaitaki for a day trip soon .