Invercargill to Te Anau

We started off in Invercargill and looked for a bakery for our lunch rolls, but bakeries don’t seem to be a thing over here. We ended up at a supermarket and bought a loaf of bread instead. I didn’t have much on the itinerary today, but that turned out to be deceptive.

First stop on our trip today was at Riverton. This is a lovely little town on a harbour. The old Anglican church sort of reminds me of Nordic churches, with its wooden A-frame construction. The lake or estuary that Riverton sits on was beautifully calm this morning.

The old Anglican church in Riverton

Riverton

Riverton

The bridge across the water looks very nice too.

Riverton

After having a little look at the museum shop we continued on along the Southern Scenic Route to Colac Bay. There were mad people surfing at the beach. Photographic proof below:

Surfers at Colac Bay

It was a nice little spot though!

Surfers at Colac Bay

Next stop was the Cosy Nook. This was well worth the trip off the main road. It’s not even big enough to be called a village – there’s just 3 houses/shacks in a rocky inlet. Very cute though, and we drove all the way around to the other end to take photos and walk through the ‘town’.

Cosy Nook

Cosy Nook

Cosy Nook

Cosy Nook

Cosy Nook

Cosy Nook

Cosy Nook

On the way back to the main road, I had a little photo stop. I don’t know what the red stuff is on the beach here, but it looks interesting.

near Cosy Nook

near Cosy Nook

We decided to go to Monkey Island at the last minute. We had decided not to because we weren’t interested in walking to an island at low tide, but when I saw the view of the mountains, I pointed the car there after all. It was definitely the right decision! It’s beautiful here! There were quite a few people here, too. The seagulls were lovin’ it!

Monkey Island

Monkey Island

Monkey Island

Monkey Island

Monkey Island

Monkey Island

We had our sandwiches for lunch here and then continued on to McCracken’s Rest Lookout. It wasn’t as picturesque as Monkey Island, but still nice!

McCracken's Rest Lookout

McCracken's Rest Lookout

Next stop was Clifden Suspension Bridge. This bridge is 125 years old next month. It’s quite lovely. It’s no longer used for vehicles, but you can walk across it. I think it’s been refloored quite recently. It’s in quite a lovely area, too.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

We continued on in the direction of Manapouri. I kept waiting for a lookout, but there wasn’t one, so I just pulled off the road to take some more photos when I could.

Between Tuatapere and Manapouri

Between Tuatapere and Manapouri

Between Tuatapere and Manapouri

Last photo stop for today was at Lake Manapouri. It was quite windy and choppy here, so we didn’t stay long. We just walked down to the beach to have a look. There were a few lupins here too, that needed photographing.

Lake Manapouri

Lake Manapouri

Lupins at Lake Manapouri

Then it was on to Te Anau. We checked in and had our afternoon coffee, since it was raining. And it continued to rain, so we had hot chocolate and put the washing on. And it continued to rain. So I gave up the planned walk on the lake and started writing instead. In the warm, dry motel room.

We were both hungry early, so my sister found somewhere to eat and we drove along the edge of Lake Te Anau. Since it had stopped raining (so heavily) at this stage, I had a little photo-op. The boat harbour was quite picturesque in its little cove on the lake.

Te Anau harbour

Te Anau harbour

near Te Anau harbour

We had dinner at the Moose. It was excellent value for money for their $20 specials. I had the t-bone and my sister the ribs and she said they were very good too. The meals were quite generously sized. It being happy hour, the beers were a bit cheaper and being Friday during happy hour, there were free roast pork sandwiches as well. I had one to try, and it was delicious!

So we were rather full by the time we left. It was fairly dry now, so I took a couple of photos of the sea-plane and neighbouring yacht.

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The little church across the road was fascinating. It’s got three glass walls. Really quite cute.

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Then back to the motel and tonight we might actually have time to watch some of the shows I brought with me!

Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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