Our South Island Adventure Day Eight

Stewart Island

A day of walking. Lots of it. Despite the rain (or perhaps because of it since a whole day trapped in our cabin with nothing to do did not appeal). We walked Ryan’s Creek track through native bush and saw what appeared to be marks left by deer, kiwi, and penguins (although there were no visible sightings of such) ... 


  
 
... did a side walk up to Observation Rock lookout (which was a little disappointing given the hype we’d read re the fantastic views – but perhaps you can see more when it’s not raining) ...


 
... slipped down into the Fuchsia Walk (are these a native fuchsia?) on the way back into town ...



 
... and then finally had lunch at the hotel at afternoon tea time and where I had two pots of tea (that’s probably four or five cups of tea!) and we were served by a friendly American (as another tourist had said to us the previous day, "There are no New Zealanders in New Zealand" and this certainly appeared to be the case in a lot of the places where we stayed or ate).


  

After that we walked up to the Presbyterian Church on the hill ...


... down into Bathing Bay (I think) and Butterfield Beach and then back to camp via a number of back roads, arriving back seven hours after leaving, tired and somewhat muddy.




 
 


We still haven’t seen little blue penguins or kiwi in their natural habitat but we know they’re out there somewhere!

O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1 (NKJV)

 
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