We have driven 220km today, we started in Invercargill and we are now heading north-west on the Southern Scenic Route towards fiordland.
We took a detour to drive by the Riverton Rocks where good views can be had over towards Stewart Island but not on a drizzly day like today! The rocks were lovely in themselves though and some looked like brains.
Our next stop was Round Hill where we did a 2.5 hour walk (which took us an hour!). The walk was around old 19th century Chinese and European goldmines and we were on a gold hunt but we think the miners found it all. :(
Our next stop was Monkey Island Bay where we had heard gold and gemstones were to be found occasionally on the beach. Luke found a rock which we think contains a little gold?!
|Can you see the gold?|
|The herd of cows|
We backtracked a little to the small town of Tautapere as we needed a campsite for the night and diesel, if we continued north there would not be another town for nearly 100km!!!