CROSSING COOK STRAIT

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New Zealand is made up of two major islands – the North Island and the South Island. The former has Auckland and Wellington while the latter has Christchurch and Queenstown. To get from one to the other, you either fly or take the interisland ferry across the Cook Strait. This is what we did.

Touted as one of the most beautiful ferry crossings in the world, it is also one of the most dangerous because of the unpredictable strong tidal flow. And because both shores – separated by about 22 kilometers of water at the narrowest point – are bounded by mountains, the strait acts like a wind tunnel. Now when this wind meets the rough sea, you will have a helluva ride. But on that day, everything was as smooth as silk.

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