New Zealand Trip, Day 6: Wellington to Taupo

As I mentioned previously, this day began with another early morning start to ride a three hour ferry from Picton to Wellington. The ride was uneventful and was a nice change from driving. After that, though: more driving.

I wish I could say that the drive was as uneventful as the ferry ride. Alas:

Is this a Hot Wheels track?


"That's like 35 in Amerkin, right?"

I’m not sure the officer even understood what I was talking about when I lamented the lack of cruise control. Also, I’m completely unclear about what happens if I fail to pay this, not that there’s much chance of that.

Aside from this incident, it was actually a pleasant drive.

Days later, my father used this as a lesson for McKenzie about good intentions not being sufficient (I honestly wasn’t intending to drive that fast). This led to the discovery that she had no idea I’d gotten stopped and cited. She was awake and aware that I got out to take some pictures, but was so distracted by a book or something that she missed the entire exchange with the officer.

Gasp! Did you get a ticket, Daddy?!

In Taupo, we stayed at a hot springs resort, which was a nice, relaxing change from our hurried pace of the last several days. We stayed two nights, so more on that in the next update.


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  1. #1 by martymankins on March 28, 2012 - 10:25 am

    The police car does look a bit like a Hot Wheels car. So is that $120 in NZ dollars? I’d be curious how you would pay it remotely (internet, mail)


    • #2 by Ren on March 29, 2012 - 8:53 am

      Yes, NZ$120, which should be about US$100, payable online.


  2. #3 by Kevin Spencer on March 28, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    I’m also somewhat curious as to what exactly would happen if you just didn’t pay it, got on a plane, and never looked back.


    • #4 by Ren on March 29, 2012 - 8:54 am

      They didn’t even ask for my passport, though I suppose they could easily have cross-matched from my driver’s license. I was surprised that payment wasn’t required as part of leaving the country.


  3. #5 by Sybil Law on March 28, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    $120?! Geez!


    • #6 by Ren on March 29, 2012 - 8:56 am

      If it’s any consolation, we turned in the van a couple of hours early, resulting in a full day refund larger than this fine.


  4. #7 by GrampyMDX on July 23, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Regarding the “speeding”, I feel it should also be noted that there was no traffic to pace us and that 116 kmh translates to 72 mph, which, to me, means that he was driving a normal highway speed, as far as his perceptions were involved. We did not determine if there were rentals with cruise control available, but our recommendation for those driving in KPH situations, and also on the WRONG side of the road, ask for it.


    • #8 by Ren on July 25, 2012 - 5:36 pm

      Thanks for the support. 🙂

      Also, I paid the ticket.


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