The Cook Strait separates the north and south islands of New Zealand. There is a regular ferry crossing between Wellington, the capital city on the North Island, and Picton at the northern end of the South Island.
We took the early morning crossing. The previous day we had experienced typical weather for that part of the country – howling winds and horizontal rain as we took the Magic Bus south into Wellington. It was therefore a real delight to wake the next morning and discover the weather had cleared, and the Strait was like a millpond.
The scale is deceptive, as you can tell from this shot of an oncoming ferry. Bear in mind that these are full size passenger ferries – in fact the one we were on I had travelled on before, in its previous life crossing between Holyhead in Wales and Dublin, Ireland!