The last bit of civilisation ....

Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
Trip End Jul 09, 2011

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Lakefront backpackers

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, April 3, 2011


We've been staying in a beautiful little town called Te Anau (tee-ah-now) when the bus pulled in i couldn't quite believe the scenery.  On the edge of a huge lake the town spreads out along one side and all around the edges are the biggest range of mountains, utterly magnificent.

On our way here the bus driver took a little break in a tiny town called mosburn (yes those who read my last entry may think im repeating myself, but i just got the journeys in a tangle so here is this section removed from my last blog and pasted in here...) A break in the journey we stopped in this tiny village (mosburn) in the heart of deer country, or so it said, to celebrate steve devoured a venison pie which he described as the best tasting pie ever!

Driving ever closer to arriving at Te Anau the mountains just seemed to multiply, they were surrounding us and they demand a certain level of respect when looking at them, they are huge, so much bigger than humans they offer a challenge i think but one not to be taken lightly. The country here is very wild, small townships appear occasionally but the landscape here compared to the north island is far more rugged and much less tamed.

Our backpacker lodge is cute, literally on the lakefront, and it provides duvets, big, soft, cushy duvets - such a treat! A big communal house at the front and then separate outbuildings of dorm rooms all with front doors to the outside decks like a little motel. The view to the lake is spectacular with mountains lining the opposite side, a sprinkling of yachts and just to our right a little boat plane which we saw many take off and landings for those flashy with their cash to view the mountains from the air! After checking in we wandered along into the the little main street, complete with many outdoor stores, tea shops and bakery's. I invested in a buff (tube of material that can be used for hat/scarf/bandana/protector from sandflies...The evening was spent in the local village bar watching the rugby with the locals (i think i'm becoming a slight fan, i can even manage to sit through a whole game now!!) and drinking hot chocolate!

Saturday was organise day! we made up little sandwich bags of ryvita crackers and salami, chopped carrots and packed dehydrated foods.  Looked at what minimal we could pack and packed everything else into carrier bags to go into storage.  We celebrated nearly being ready with pies from the claimed "best pie shop in the world" that we have heard people talk about all over new zealand - steve had venison, i had steak and pepper! wrapped up in newspaper we savoured them until after we watched the film the whale rider - a new zealand produced film focusing on the pulls and ties of a maori tribe when tradition isnt followed, being in the country and experiencing more and more of the maori culture and traditions I felt i could understand the film far better than if i had seen it before i came - very powerful. We finished the evening in what was fast becomming the tradition for us in te anua - the moose (the bar), a glass of wine and of course a hot chocolate.

Sunday morning i had the loveliest hottest shower and stashed the memory of what it felt like to be clean, we packed our stuff into storage, convinced ourselves that we really did need one more of those amazing pies for energy (i had thai chicken, steve had - you guessed it - venison!) and took one last look at the lovely little village, the lake that we had constantly strolled up and down next to and the mountains all around before I hired a walking pole - to convince my ankle that no matter what it felt like it was going to do this and we got on the bus...

Lots of love to all,
P xxxxxxxxxx
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