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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Te Anau

After our overnight stay in Doutbful Sound, the Real Journey bus dropped us off in downtown Te Anau at the RJ center. This is the entirety of town that sits on the lake front.

Not even a 1-stoplight town- just a round-about! There are a few shops & restaurants to serve the hotels. It's mainly a stop off point between Milford & Doubtful Sounds.

We were starving by lunchtime, so we dropped into the first place we saw- Miles Better Pies, just on the main street. In addition to the adorable statue out front, they place had some terrific pies! The pies in NZ reminded me of a cross between a hot pocket & a stuffed pastry. We have them several times in various flavors on our trip- they are hot, tasty & usually finger foods.

On our way to the evening Glow Worm Cave Tour, we went to the Redcliff Cafe because it was highly recommended.

The inside is cozy & the waitstaff was excellent.

We sat outside on their porch & enjoyed listening to the rain on the roof. I don't have any pictures of the Glow Worm Caves, as cameras aren't allowed as the flash supposedly harmed the glow worms. They were pretty cool & very interesting to learn about. It's neat being inside a cave so deep & on a little boat ride. However, I'm not sure it's really all THAT exciting.

For dinner, I finally decided to try some venison steaks & they were quite yummy! I hadn't read about it, but heard great things about the Ata Whenau at the Fiordland Cinema in Te Anau. We didn't get a chance to see, but I really really wished we had done so. People said the short story & cinematography were spectacular & it was a great overview of the region.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: 3 week late, but my flooring for my office is finally being delivered today.

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