We'd be driving in from Rotorua, Apex Rental Car on 8th November, 2013, reach Abel Tasmen Hotel by 5-6 PM, just a peep into Wellington town, off next day towards Greymouth. A whistle-stop if you will, this trip is all about doing the south Island in 10 days (actually need 20) North Island would need more time later.
Ive gone through posts here on Ferry, need more clarity on the following:
1. The ferry and car is booked in by Apex, ferry time 0815 AM on Inter-islander, hotel is reportedly 15 mts away form the ferry, not sure. To catch the 0815 AM ferry, what time do I have to reach the ferry, which place for interislander?
2. Can the luggage be kept locked up in the boot of the car and we carry the small day-packs, or do we have to empty out the boot and register all bags, collect it at Picton?
3. Will it be very windy and cold in November? I guess layered clothing is best for NZ, as it can change quickly in the South Island.
4. If the ferry lands 1115 AM, we should be ready to roll from Picton around 1145. 350 KM from there to Greymouth through Punakaiki (to see the pancake rocks and blow hole) to Grey mouth should take about 5 hours? Should we take State Highway 63 or 6 through Nelson and Richmond? Which is more scenic and which is faster. Based on the climate, we can choose the road once we reach Picton. How are the roads?
I know these are lots of questions, any information would be valuable to plan ahead.
Thanks in advance,