Stage Two: Waitaha Valley to Cardrona.
After Marty had disappeared to spread urea over the farm, we said goodbye to Trish and began the last leg to Cardrona where daughter Susan had booked a house for a week.
The first township (population 3) was Pukekura, which boasted a souvenir/coffee shop and some imported wildlife. (Note to non-New Zealand readers, there are only two mammal species native to New Zealand; two species of bat.)
Son-in-law enjoys hunting these chaps
Red Deer stag
There is no doubt that New Zealand is a beautiful country, especially South Island, and this was proved over and over as we traveled south. Hardly five minutes' drive south of Pukekura and there lay beautiful Lake Ianthe.
Cattle yards near Whataroa River