28.10.2012 - 28.10.2012 23 °C
We spent the evening in Oamaru at the Portside Restaurant which is right by the sea with lovely views next to the little blue penguin place. When we came out we could hear quite a racket. We later learned that this was the penguin chicks and parents calling to each other as the parents came ashore with food (which they do around dusk every night). Next morning we spent a bit more time investigating Oamaru including some stunning views from the lookout on top of the hill then hit the road. First stop, the Moeraki Boulders which were interesting. We then headed to Palmerston where we turned inland and drive through some lush green farmland and over rolling hills until we reached Ranfurly which was our lunch stop. The visitor centre/museum looked interesting but was closed. I was exploring the old railway station when a bunch of mountain bikers chatting happily amongst themselves went past and realised I was standing beside the rail trail. By now, the morning cloud had disappeared and it was a hot sunny day so we sought a local cafe with outdoor seating. After a snack, cold drink and chat with the locals we were on our way again. As we travelled the terrain got less fertile looking and more rocky. The mountains were also getting closer. We arrived in Clyde and spent quite some time looking at the old buildings etc. What a lovely wee town, nestled beside the Clutha River. Next up the road a bit to look at the dam. A lot smaller than Benmore but the spillways were open so quite spectacular to watch. We carried on past what used to be the Clutha River but is now the bottom end of Lake Dunstan, through Cromwell (we will explore that tomorrow) and on to our accomodation at the Pisa Range Lake Resort. We have a generous size, luxurious villa with large deck and outdoor spa pool right on the lake's edge. It is a gorgeous evening so a soak in the spa with a glass of local wine was a must followed by a delicious meal at the restaurant on site.