After a reasonably cool night in the milford lodge park, we woke to some cloud but sun which we were very happy about. We headed down to the docks for our cruise with the littlest boat in the harbour. We had a quick look in the harbour before heading onto the boat and were greeted with some dolphins frolicking along the shoreline. We had two hours cruising the sounds seeing the waterfalls and the majestic Mitre Peak rising straight out the water way up into the sky. We saw some very cute little fiord penguins, lazy NZ fur seals sunning themselves in the sun and some more dolphins playing with the bow waves of the boat. After the boat ride we hit the road to try and beat the parade of tour buses along the sometimes narrow and winding roads to make our way towards Invercargill unsure if we would get that far today or not. The clouds had started to roll in as we headed into the open waters of the Tasman, as the weathermen had been predicting so we were pretty happy that we had had sunshine for the cruise and now we were just hoping that we didn’t get any rain along the road back to Te Anua, though i imagine the waterfalls off the cliffs would be just amazing!
We arrived back in Te Anua about lunch time and headed to the supermarket to fill up on our dwindling stock of food, then it back down to the lake edge for some lunch. After lunch we headed to manapouri to check out the lake, which surprisingly didn’t have any real pull-offs or stopping points. We managed to find a way to waters edge and again the site of the snow capped mountains behind the water really is mind blowing no matter how many times we see it now. From manapouri we are taking the southroads scenic route through tuatapere – sausage capital apparently, to Riverton and then Invercargill. The roads are lined with golf course like green grass fields littered with sheep and the cutest little lambs from the calving season, they are just the cutest little cuddliest things especially the littlest ones that are still so white and fluffy. We stopped along the way to look at the mountains to look at the sheep and wetlands, and then as we left the snow caps behind we stopped to look at the beach, which actually resemble a beach not pebbles J, and the clouds seemed to have stayed in the north as we have lovely sun and blue sky with us.
Tonight we are again at a Top 10 in Invercargill.