Thursday, February 16, 2012

Manapouri to Te Anau

Woke to a beautiful morning despite the temperature being only 5 degrees,took a couple of photos of Monkey Island with the morning sun on it, looked great.

 Didn’t have breakfast here, so we left around 7.40am.Heading toward Manapouri we were catching catch glimpses of snow on the mountains. Made a detour to Monowai where there was a power station, one of the South Island's oldest hydroelectric stations powered by the waters of the Monowai. It is located at the junction of the Waiau and Monowai Rivers and was opened in 1925. 

 Lake Manapouri

 We arrived at Manapouri about 10am & 11 degrees,it was warming up now, lovely.Decided to have breakfast at Frasers Beach looking out at the Lake, beautiful. It was around here that Peter felt that all too familiar sandfly itch,wont say what he said, I’m sure you can imagine.

This rock up near the road marks the approximate water level of the raised lake as originally proposed.

Manapouri Township, the gateway to both Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound & is a 20 minutes drive from Te Anau.Manapouri has thirty-five wooded islands that dot the lake, and the shoreline extends for 157 km, covered by lush rainforest interspaced with lovely beaches &  framed by the spectacular Cathedral Mountains.

I can remember a song written by John Hanlon called Damn the Dam, about Lake Manapouri when they wanted to dam it, something that must of stuck in my head.

Bit of trivia for you.....The Manapouri Power Station is an underground hydroelectric power station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri in Fiordland National Park, in the South Island of New Zealand. At 850 MW installed capacity (although limited to 730 MW due to resource consent limits), it is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand, and the second largest power station in New Zealand.

 Te Anau was only a few kilometers away & we got there around 10.30am booked into the Great Lakes Holiday Park $36 a night unpowered, very flash after the one we stayed in at Invercargill.

 Camp kitchen & dining room

Once organized, we took a walk around town, then booked our tickets for the Milford Track day walk.

There were some very interesting push bikes for rent one sat six people I think, like in a circle each had their own pedals,very curious looking.

 Did some more shopping as we were only getting a little at a time, then went back to the Park & had a shower & did some washing, after which we had some soup & garlic loaf for lunch. The rest of the day was spent pretty relaxed having a drink at The Moose.

Don’t remember what we did for tea….maybe I had too many drinks…lol

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