Todays’ drive was a long one from Twizel to Te Anau, passing by Queenstown along the way. Door to door, the journey was about 385 kms and took about four and half hours, not including a stop for lunch that I took along the way in a place called Cromwell. Cromwell was a lovely looking town and someplace I would have liked to have spent more time in. It’s set in a very scenic location along the shores of Lake Dunstan with loads of vineyards and orchards around. As someone who loves New Zealand wines, I would have liked to have undertaken a tour of one of the wineries but my schedule didn’t allow. Perhaps next time. Te Anau is a pretty town located along the shore of Lake Te Anau. The town centre is fairly modern in look so I suspect that it has had a complete makeover in relatively recent times. Although this is clearly off-season for the town, you can clearly see evidence that it is an extremely popular stop-off point for tour buses and travellers in general but the number of restaurants and gift shops. I dined in a Chinese restaurant tonight having had a lovely meal at the Hermitage restaurant last night. I have to say that I have been a bit disappointed with the food so far. Don’t know if that’s down to me picking the wrong restaurants or if I’m just spoiled by all the fabulous food that we enjoy back home in Ireland.
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