By Sunrise Fan
May 14, 2016 9:19pm CST
During our trip to the Bay of Islands, we took a car ferry like the one shown in the above photo to cross to an island where we spent the night in a vacation house rented by my daughter. It only takes a few minutes for the ferries to transport vehicles from one small island to another and each ferry has only two people manning it. One is the engine operator while the other takes care of issuing tickets, receiving payment and guiding the drivers to have their cars parked well for a smooth exit upon reaching the pier at the other side. The ferry that transported our car to and from the small island was "manned" by two women and I noticed that the lady who issued the tickets and received payment was a little older. As I've mentioned in one of my Discussions earlier, there is no age discrimination in the workplace in New Zealand. As long as one can do the job well, he or she continues to work, regardless of age. Each car does not need to back up upon exit as the ferry has gate planks on both ends so every car only needs to move forward out of the ferry.