Sausages, pretty lakes and mountains

Trip Start Aug 24, 2008
Trip End Jul 07, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Saturday, May 30, 2009

After crumpets for breakfast we continued on the Southern Scenic Route to Te Anau. Our first stop was Riverton where we saw a giant model of a paua shell. We then drove a little further along the coast to McCracken's Rest, purely because it has a silly name. We nearly got blown off the cliff it was so windy! We then left the coast and headed inland. Our next stop was Tutapere, which declared itself to be the "sausage capital of New Zealand". Therefore, David had to try one. The town consisted of a butcher selling sausages, a motel and a cafe selling sausages. We went to the cafe and munched on sausage stuffed with cheese and the most enormous portion of beer battered chips ever. Feeling stuffed we drove towards Clifden. On the way we passed a sign saying 'Lake Hauroko Dirt Track 20km'. David being David therefore took this track purely for the fun of driving on a dirt track. 20km of bumps and a very dirty car later, we arrived at the very pretty lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We admired the scenery, tried to avoid being bitten by the sandflies and then we drove back again. In Clifden we investigated the caves. There was a tiny hole in a rock that we had to crawl through to get in, but by now it was raining so we didn't think it was sensible to go into a dark cave in the rain, so we continued on. We passed snowy mountains and forest and kept stopping for photos. We paused in Manapouri to admire the lake surrounded by mountains. It was 4pm and the sky was dark from the rain which had now stopped, so we got some moody photos of the grey clouds and white mountains reflected in the lake. We watched a crazy dog leaping about in the icy water and then left for Te Anau. We again admired the pretty lake and mountains before cooking risotto for dinner.
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