A chilly start to the day....... headed south ( I think) to Bluff which is referred to the southerly most point of mainland NZ but apparently Slope Point is actually. Where’s Slope Point you ask? Pretty much in the middle of nowhere making Bluff the most visited most southerly Point. Stunning to say the least. The drive out takes you through possibly the ugliest part of NZ we’ve seen but it was worth it. Bluff looks like a town built for blue oysters and large shipping container ships. It is in some ways dirty and poor looking. The scenery is the complete opposite with the waves smashing on the rocks and in general very wild and woolly.
We stopped at the art gallery and coffee shop for our essential first coffee and were surprised as it was quite nice - not warm enough but definitely not our worst .... we have had some doozies.
From there we headed to Lumsden - home of Emily’s great uncle Buck. There was really only one street.... here we were parting ways with Catherine rejoining Emily, Mitch and Tracey for the journey to Arrowtown or thereabouts and us off to Te Anau.
Lunch for us in a cafe in Lumsden was soup all round. It was home made and very hot and comforting in 3 degree weather.
The weather was oscillating from cold wet and miserable to a watery sunshine. Still cold!!
The trip into Te Anau brought us our first sighting of snow. No snow for us although there were a few white drops in Lumsden ..... the mountain tops were definitely white. The weather set in even more and we are flat out seeing the other side of the lake.
We checked into our hotel for the next two days and booked a bus trip into Milford Sound for tomorrow . The tour we have booked has a glass topped roof to see all the sights. Now we just need the roads to be open for our trip to go ahead. Temperature predicted for tonight is -9 degrees and a warm 9 tomorrow. We then did some much needed washing before wandering up the street for a look.
Our wander found me some much needed gloves, Heather more medication and all of us food. The Fat Duck chosen for its name was so scrumptious we’ve booked in again for tomorrow night.