Scenic route of NZ's South Island...

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Aug 31, 2013


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Flag of New Zealand  , Southland,
Sunday, January 6, 2013

-rounding out the South Island, we picked up mini meat pies for breakfast, not sure they are for breakfast but they were at the bakery so we bought a variety to sample
-we picked up some non-perishable groceries and pressed on
-we made it to Milford Sound and although the sign outside the tunnel said no vacancies, we like to press our luck, the tunnel wouldn't close for a few hours anyways
-we saw lots of waterfalls which we were told was rare for the time of year, did some hiking and low and behold there were no vacancies, however someone told us the once you get locked in (when they close the tunnel) there's not much you can do, we could risk getting a fine if we were caught sleeping in our car, to drive back out and find a place to stay would be more expensive than the potential fine, we quickly realized we were not the only one, except the others mostly stayed in camper vans, we blew off some time by going to the only place that serve food and beers, by nightfall we laid our seats back and dozed off
-guess we lucked out as we were not fined and there was a bathroom close by to wash up a bit
-our rental car offered a discount on the cruise and the earliest cruise happened to be the cheapest, the view probably cleared up more in the arvo but we hopped aboard
-they take you right next to the mountains with hovering clouds, do the Niagara waterfall spray, we saw seals and drank coffee to stay warm
-then we drove up to Te Annau and had a picnic by the lake just before it began to rain
-we nearly ran out of gas (again), gas stations are far and few btwn and the one we were aiming for was closed, we had no choice but to camp out and wait for it to open
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