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We start the day with a comprehensive tour of the town of Oban on Stewart Island. The group is so large we divide into two vans with two guides. The guide in our van comes out to us as "family" early on, and talks about how welcoming the community is to him and his husband. We ascend Observation Rock for incredible views of Halfmoon Bay, visit …
... that was the second best prize before heading back to Queenstown?! Till The Next Time Queenstown! With one more night in Queenstown I tried my third and final Fergburger of my trip and yes, it was just as delicious as the first two! After some drinks and winning a game of pool, I called it a day on Queenstown fun before heading to Mount Cook early the next day. All of a sudden, I found myself with the majority of my trip to New Zealand behind me. So far New Zealand ...
... which turned into limestone rock). Yet more plate crushing forced them back up again and finally ice age glaciers (five in the case of Milford Sound) carved out the big crevices (they are fiords or fjords, despite being called Sounds). Wow busy time.
As you can probably guess our mate Captain Cook was the first European to visit Fiordland in 1773, but he sailed past Milford Sound twice as its entrance is at right angles to the coast. But his maps and descriptions ...
... Beach and spent 20 min walking the beach. It was all sand, no gemstones, but we did talk to two interesting characters sluicing for gold there. One was a Maori man that said he used to work on a farm nearby but he hurt his back and couldn’t work anymore. His partner looked like a homeless guy out of a TV show with long wooly beard and a knit hat. I wonder what his background was because he sounded pretty sharp. He was complaining about what Obama was doing in Syria ...
... oysters and Elstree (Highfields Marlborough Cuvée Brut), with the oysters lightly finished with butter, a touch of champagne, and a splash of cream, eaten while sitting in a (free!) campsite field, overlooking Weirs Beach, near Slope Point. The combination of oysters and champagne is second to none (well, in our opinion!), so this was a perfect way to finish off our time in Invercargill and Bluff!