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06:30.

We’re up and packing, ready for the five hour plus drive to Milford Sound this morning. The beautiful weather we had yesterday has given way to cooler temperatures and light showers of rain. Hopefully it won’t cramp our style too much.

12:10.

Despite the fact that it rained heavily nearly all the way to Gore  we had a very good run. Dawn did brilliantly coping with the unfamiliar roads and our car regularly disappearing in the spray from numerous heavy good vehicles heading towards Dunedin. This was passing Milton, a town we made a mistake of stopping at in the other direction!

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At Gore we stopped for coffee and had a brief look at what looks like a really interesting little town. It has some substantial old buildings with a bit of history.

Once off Highway 1, the weather brightened up and the roads were both drier and quieter, giving us a great run as far as Lumsden, where I spotted this bit of railway history. The railway’s long gone, but the town has preserved the old road/rail bridge. These used to be common on the South Island, but only two remain. I remember travelling over several 20 years ago on the West Coast.

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We’re now taking a break in Te Anau before heading on up to Milford Sound. We may be gone some time…

 

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