Stop at Southland Museum to Visit Tuatara Exhibit, Fiordland Paua Shell Factory in Riverton, End of Road, McCracken’s Rest, Lunch at New Zealand Sausage Capital, Viewpoint Stops, Manapoura Power Scheme, Bird Sanctuary, Grocery Shopping, Dinner at The Ranch, Drinks and Games on the Back Deck, Early Rest – Te Anau, New Zealand (Day 23)

Today started with a Subway sandwich for breakfast and a visit to the Tuatara exhibit at the Southland Museum.


The next stop was at the Fiordland Paua shell factory in Riverton. Here we got to see how they turn a natural Paua shell into a finished product for jewelry and other items.

New Zealand is full of super sized items that make for tourist stops and picture opportunities. Of course there is a massive Paua shell at the Paua shell factory.


Here are few other things the Kiwis have put out for people to enjoy



New Zealand longhorns


Obligatory McCracken’s Rest pic


A good day in the Southland



We also stopped at a bird sanctuary outside Te Anau




Te Anau is a beautiful town that would be a great place to spend a few weeks to relax and get away from things. It is just outside Fiordland National Park. I would love to get back down here and spend some time tramping and relaxing.


Vincent and I had dinner at The Ranch because we got some free drink tickets from the bus driver. We then went to the grocery store and picked up some snacks and beer. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the evening playing games, eating snacks, and drinking on the back garden patio that was attached to our room.


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