Rosemary & Richard's Honeymoon

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Exploring the South Island


We took a day-long drive south to Te Anau and then onto the south coast of the island - we hadn't originally intended to go that far, but the weather kept with us, the scenery was amazing and the roads quiet, so we were at the sea before we knew it. The scenery we passed through varied from deep gorges and mountains to wide open plains, but everywhere we looked there were sheep and deer grazing. Wineries also seemed abundant in certain areas, though we reluctantly passed them without stopping for a taste. We were grateful for the 4x4 on our return towards Queenstown when the Sat Nav directed Richard off onto about 30km of dirt track, the dust clouds following us seemed to hang in the air forever.

The next day we decided to explore closer to home, and were glad we did as the scenery became even better! We drove north along the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy, the base for a lot of the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and then on the dirt road to Paradise and beyond. This track became more and more rugged as we crossed many fords , battling with stubborn cows at one, where winter rain and streams had completely washed away the route. After many miles without seeing anyone else the road suddenly turned and disappeared into the Dart River. At this point we decided to stop and retrace our steps. We had our lunch by Diamond Lake, but again Beefy was disappointed not to find any diamonds on the shoreline.

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