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Fotoeins Friday: Crossing New Zealand’s Cook Strait (Raukawa)

14 July 2012.

It’s a cold wet winter morning in mid-July, and I’m on New Zealand’s Interislander ferry from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the South Island. With the seasonal weather, visibility and skies are limited with low-lying stratus cloud creating some showers, mist, and fog. Fortunately, light winds create only small chop on the water, sun rays occasionally break through the grey canopy, and some geographical features begin to appear.

We bid goodbye to the North Island with this sighting of Sinclair Head, known formerly as the Māori settlement Te Rimurapa (giant bull kelp). The trailhead is faintly visible at right leading to Te Kopahou (“bent or folded feather”), whose 485-metre (1591 feet) summit is buried in cloud in this picture. The end of the ridge running as a cliff down Rimurapa is known as Taumata Patiti Pa. The strip of land jutting out to the left and into the water is Tongue Point.

Cook Strait is named after England’s famous circumnavigator Captain James Cook, but the strait’s name in Maori is “Te Moana Raukawa” (also this). This latter name may be a shortened version of “rau-kawakawa” for the leaves (rau) of the kawakawa plant used to make makeshift visors to prevent voyagers crossing the strait from unintentionally seeing islands and rocks considered too sacred to view.


•   “The Land of Tara …,” by Elsdon Best (1919), courtesy of Wellington City Libraries
•   NZ History
•   Rimupara – Maori sites, Te Whanganui a Tara
•   Te Ara – Encyclopedia of New Zealand
•   “History of Māori of Nelson and Marlborough“, p. 41, Hilary Mitchell and Maui John Mitchell, Huia Publishers (2004)

The Māori names for the two largest islands of New Zealand (Aotearoa) are:
•   Te Ika a Māui (Maui’s fish) for the North Island, and
•   Te Wai Pounamu (waters of greenstone) for the South Island. An alternative name is Te Waka a Aoraki (Aoraki’s canoe).

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 14 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/40-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 33mm focal length (53mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

On board "Kaitaki" Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton, New Zealand,

New Zealand: Interislander Ferry across Cook Strait

The calendar page flips over to the 14th of July (2012).

I’ve spent a quiet week with friends in Wellington, New Zealand, and it’s time I head south to see Te Wai Pounamu or the South Island for the first time. My first destination is Christchurch, and I could fly there. But I’m in no hurry, and I want to experience the scenery route with a ferry across Raukawa, otherwise known as Cook Strait.

I’ve arranged passage from Wellington on the North Island (Te Ika a Maui) to Christchurch on the South Island with ferry- and coach-service with KiwiRail. The journey begins with the Interislander ferry whose arrival is timed to match the departure time of the Coastal Pacific train leaving Picton for Christchurch.

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Daytrip to Vaxholm in Stockholm’s archipelago

One of the great attractions in Stockholm is its archipelago, a network of islands in the Baltic Sea, east from the city. An easy get-away from the city, Vaxholm is a favorite for many, accessible by bus, by car, or by ferry.

It is with the latter, the Waxholmsbolaget ferry service, that I set off on a day trip. I boarded the boat at Stockholm Strömkajen for the hour-long ferry to Vaxholm. The return boat journey puts me back at Stockholm Strömkajen.

The Official Roslagen site describes Vaxholm as:

Vaxholm, called the archipelago’s “capital”, is the gateway to Roslagen from Stockholm. The town is a hub for boats travelling to the central and northern archipelago – Roslagen’s archipelago. Vaxholm’s municipality includes about 70 islands.

Vaxholm has lots of trees, beautiful homes and cottages, all within easy reach of the water. Because of its proximity to Stockholm, Vaxholm can also be expensive. But if you’re looking for something different in the Stockholm area, Vaxholm is an ideal daytrip for some peace and quiet by the water’s edge.

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

In the archipelago, outside of Stockholm

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

Quietly riding the waves

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

Passing by …

Södra Vaxholmsfjärden Vaxholm Roslagen Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

Arrival at Vaxholm Hotellkajen (hotel quays), in Södra Vaxholmsfjärden

Roslagen Vaxholm

“I wouldn’t dream of it.”

Roslagen Vaxholm

“Pick up after your dog … finished!!”

Roslagen Vaxholm

First week of Scandinavian summer

Roslagen Vaxholm

Address: Västra Ekuddsgatan 14, Vaxholm

Roslagen Vaxholm

Address: Östra Ekuddsgatan 20, Vaxholm

Roslagen Vaxholm

Address: Rosenbergsgatan 9, Vaxholm

Roslagen Vaxholm ferry Rindö

Ferry to Rindö, and beyond to Värmdö and Gustavsberg

Roslagen Vaxholm ferry Rindö

Pedestrian- and car-ferry from Rindö, arriving at Vaxholm

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

M/S Värmdö, Vaxholm to Stockholm

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

Returning to Stockholm

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

Stockholm’s Djurgården, from the water

How to go from Stockholm to Vaxholm:

Located about 200 metres southeast from Kungsträdgården T-Bana (metro) station, Stockholm Strömkajen (harbour quay) is where to catch a ferry to Vaxholm Hotellkajen (hotel quay). Alternatively, you can take Metro T-Bana red 14 line from Stockholm T-Centralen (Central Station) to stop “Danderyds sjukhus”, followed by a transfer onto the 670 bus to Vaxholm. Check out the journey planner (in English) and enter “Stockholms C (Stockholm)” and “Vaxholm (Vaxholm)”. This is also mapped out at

Ferry: Stockholm Strömkajen (Stockholm harbour quays) to Vaxholm Hotellkajen (Vaxholm hotel quays)

More on Stockholm

•   The colours of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town
•   Say “Hej!” (and to food) at Lisa Elmqvist in Östermalm’s Saluhall market hall
•   Greeting Greta Garbo in the Skogskyrokogården

I made the photos above on 26 June 2008 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit-lens, and a circular polarizer. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at as Adds+mods: 20130705, 20140629, 20150531.

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