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Cycling the South Island of NZ – Part 4 -Te Anau to Invercargill

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Tuatara bird at the bird sanctuary near Te Anau

We took an easy day riding from Te Anau to Manapouri stopping at the bird sanctuary to see the local Tuatara bird. The ride was scenic but a little rainy and cold. Manapouri was almost closed by the time we got there and I learned that it’s a good idea to stop at the local grocery store when we first arrive in town because a) the stores close early and b) the selection is very limited.

Rolling hills in the foreground. Snow capped hills in the back.
Rolling hills in the foreground. Snow capped hills in the back.

The following day we headed directly south to Tuatapere. The ride is hilly  but very little traffic and great wide-open vistas. There Tuatapere Backpacker’s and Holiday Park was a great place to camp for the night.  They have great cafe/bar to relax.

Side trip to Clifton Bridge
Side trip to Clifton Bridge

We stopped frequently for photos on the ride from Tuatapere to Invercargil. Cycling into town we found a bicycle shop and were able to get bearings replaced on my back hub. The husband and wife owners of the bicycle shop directed us to the Tuatapere Backpackers where we stayed for the night. There is a great museum located by the Queen’s Gardens. Then after a walk in the gardens be sure to stop at the cafe in the park for a nice relaxing spot to watch the rain.

Rose garden at the Queen's Gardens - Invercargil
Rose garden at the Queen’s Gardens – Invercargil