Plenty of time to take in the changing landscapes, flatter and more limestone river basins.
This comes to a steep end at Wellington where the Australasia and Pacific plates meet. Great place to build a city. The Te Papa gallery illustrates the development of NZ and the forces at play. The land grab by the colonialists in the 1800s is only slightly less shocking than the illustration of the deforestation, started by the Maoris and driven to completion by settlers. That’s why we now enjoy NZ lamb, merino, wine….
Much amusement is to be had en route passing through the township of Bulls. For example, the signposting of the police station: constabull.
And then onto via a very smooth crossing to South Island. Confusingly, where we land is no further south than where we left.