We were lucky, everytime I sailed the ferries from Wellington in the North Island to Picton in the South Island, and back again, we had excellent weather. Even in the best conditions, the Cook Straits is very choppy. This is because of the wind tunnel effect of the two mountain ranges on either side.
These photos from my archives taken in December. looks can be deceiving, the straitts look so calm.
Snow, rain and gales bring winter chillNew Zealand Herald
4:00AM Sunday May 24, 2009
By Trudie McConnochie
High seas lash the Wellington coastline. Photo / Getty Images
Residents were evacuated, buildings damaged and travel plans disrupted as snow, rain and gales lashed much of the country yesterday.
The capital bore the brunt of the storms, with Cook Strait ferry sailings suspended due to huge swells, About 700 people were stranded on either side of the strait yesterday as high winds and heavy seas prevented Interislander and Bluebridge sailings. Flights into Wellington airport diverted to Palmerston North and winds gusting up to 140km/h damaging power poles and blocking Blue Mountains Rd in Upper Hutt.
Electricity was cut briefly to about 1200 homes in Ngauranga, Johnsonville and Plimmerton after branches and debris fell onto power lines.Wellington police advised motorists to avoid the city's south coast as huge waves washed over roads and damaged boats