Monday, March 13, 2017

Te Anau to Bluff

Thursday morning we left Te Anau for the southern most part of New Zealand (excluding Stewart Island).  We made a stop at what is considered New Zealand's loveliest lake - Lake Manapouri.  It was so peaceful and beautiful!

This is a familiar sight - Canada Geese!  They were introduced to NZ in 1905.

Clifdon Suspension Bridge - built in 1899 when the river was much bigger before the Manapouri Power Station was built.

A stop on the south coast.  Nothing but ocean between us and Antarctica...

We stopped in Riverton (30kms west of Invercargill) for lunch.  It's the oldest permanent settlement and one of the oldest towns in New Zealand.

A beautiful old Anglican church

The last sign post in Bluff where we stayed a couple nights.  Not quite the southern most tip but it feels like you're at the end of the world!

Oh, Lukas...   Hahahaha!

It was beautiful and refreshing to read this.

Dog Island in the distance with the sun shining on the lighthouse.

Searching for paua shells - we found some!

Cool sea weed!

The moon over the lighthouse at Stirling Point.

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