02/02/2010 - It was time to leave Ian and Narelle's and head down to Wellington, the capital on New Zealand to get our ferry across to the south island. Before wse left we popped by Ians work to give him back his house key and say farewell. In his store there were two mopeds, one of them being pink and we offered him to swap the car for them lol but we thought we best return the car to my uncle. We had booked our ferry crossing for 2 o'clock so we had a few hours to get down there but with all the slow farming vehicles on the road we made it in time but didnt have anytime to look around the capital. We drove straight to the port and waited in line to drive on. Tom drove the car on to the ferry which was a little scary but he did good, we then went and got some food and found some good seats as its a 3 hour crossing. By the time we got to the port in Picton it was gone 5 and we had decided that we would drive to Nelson to the west and set up camp for the night. What we didnt realise was that the route was through all the mountains along the coast so it was very difficult driving, but very pretty. When we eventually got to Nelson it was gone 7 in the evening so we needed to find a place fast so that we didnt have to put the tent up in the dark. Learning from our earlier mistake we spotted a supermarket on the way so went in a got soem food supplies in case there wasnt anywhere near the campsite. When we got to the campsite we asked if they had anywhere for us to pitch up our tent and the woman told us she had just given the last spot away!! She also said that the other campsite nearby was also fully booked, seemed like everyone had the same idea as us. She pointed out of the office window to a small patch of grass outside one of the apartment blocks amd said that if we thought our tent would fit there we could use that spot and she would charge us less than the normal rate. We had a little look and decided to take up the offer, we actually had a better spot than the actual camping area as it was right near all the facilities. We had a bit of trouble putting the tent up as the ground was so hard the pegs wouldnt go in the gound, so we tied the tent to the tree and hoped it wouldnt be a windy night!