I got on the MSC Basel this afternoon in Lyttelton, bound for Brisbane with stops in Wellington, Napier, and Tauranga. Departure is in a few hours so they let me come ashore and I found an internet cafe to write this. The Basel is huge and walking past the gigantic machines loading containers is a little intimidating. My cabin is great though - en suite and a TV and very comfortable. Crew seems to be a mix of eastern European and Kiribati though the captain is German. As I boarded, a Canadian woman in her 70s was disembarking! It all feels a bt scary but also very exciting.
Not sure when next I'll be able to post here, it depends on whether I can find internet access at our stops. Anyway, this time tomorrow I will be arriving in Wellington according to the captain (though all the times I've been given seem very changeable!)