New Zealand Day Nine. Another Day On Stewart Island Exploring The Port Town Of Oban
I awoke early my first morning on Stewart Island. I was going to go looking for the sunrise, which I later learned I could watch from my bedroom window. The skies were overcast and rain was in the forecast. Yes, it rains in New Zealand.
I am glad I did. Peter showed us Oban from the perspective of a long time resident with a background as a forester, fisherman, tour guide, lodge operator and most importantly a father. We we given information on everything as we rode the back roads of the small port town.
I loved the tour. It was a wonderful experience. Here is a link to some more photographs from our tour. New Zealand Day Nine. Oban driving tour. February 14 2019
We were back at the lodge for lunch. I finished my cheese sandwich I bought when I arrived the day before. I relaxed and watched the rain for about an hour. All of the rooms in the lodge had beautiful views. This is the living room.
until it finally ended at Deep Bay. The sun was now breaking through the clouds and I saw along the beach to take a rest and watch the ocean.
I continued my walk back to Oban taking in views of the beautiful Half Moon Bay. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk. New Zealand Day Nine. Gold Bay Track hike February 14 2019.
It was now late afternoon when I finished my four mile hike. I had enough time for a shower and a short rest before I was off again. First, I was having dinner again at the South Sea Hotel and then off to look for the elusive kiwi. The skies had cleared and it was a beautiful evening when I walked back to Half Moon Bay.
I finished my meal and was again off to the trail above Bathing Beach. I walked up the steep hill and arrived at the trail around 7:30 p.m. I walked, as slowly and quietly as I could, along the trail for the next 1 1/2 hour.
The clear skies resulted in chilly temperatures and I did not have a jacket. I walked until 9 p.m. Once again I was disappointed I didn’t see a kiwi. I had and early start the next day so I began the mile walk back to my hotel under a waxing gibbous moon. It looked upside down here in the Southern Hemisphere.
I was soon at my hotel and ready to sleep. It was another long day. I slept very good on my travels in New Zealand. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk. New Zealand Day Nine. Oban evening walk. February 14 2019.
“When no possessions keep us, when no countries contain us, and no time detains us, man becomes a heroic wanderer, and woman, a wanderess.”