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Saturday, March 18, 2000
Wellington to Picton, New Zealand
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Picton, New Zealand:
Latitude: 41° 17' 25" South
Longitude: 174° 0' 24" East
Altitude: 44 feet
From Seattle: 8235 miles
Lodging: Hostel - The Villa

Today's Travel:
Country: New Zealand
Regions: North Island, South Island
Route: Ferry: Lynx: Wellington - Picton
Path:Wellington - Picton, New Zealand
Linear:39 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1073
Linear Dist: 209757
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 257
More stats...
Hotels: 337
Friends / Family: 288
Camping: 121
Hostels: 243
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3817

Journal Entry:
Checked out and caught a shuttle bus down to the train station. It's a absolutely beautiful day and I mentioned to the driver that I was disappointed to be traveling on such a perfect day. He pointed out that the ferry ride would be awesome - definitely the right attitude. Caught a metro train to Petrone then hiked a couple kilometers to the dive shop I called yesterday. I looked at several dive computers and ended up buying a used Suunto Spyder. Main reason was the size - it's a largish watch. The owner of the dive store gave me a ride to the nearby ferry terminal. The ferry ride was awesome, especially when we got to the South Island and entered Queen Charlotte Sound.

In Picton checked in to my hostel then walked around the town just enjoying the sun. It's a very small tourist town and it didn't take long to look around. The hostel is excellent - a cute old house, very clean and comfortable with gardens and a hot tub. Spent the evening reading and the night in the hot tub.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: New Zealand
CIA World Fact Book: New Zealand

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