Day 25: To Te Anau

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We were intending to drive from Dunedin to Te Anau via the Catlins, but decided it would take far too long and the weather was not inviting us to stop and wander through the countryside and beaches. Even so, this drive was more than 4 hours. In the photo above, you can see some cows. In fact this was the first time we were able to stop on the road and get a photo of animals that we’d seen so many of elsewhere. But why are they in a straight line? The answer is shown in the photo below: when cows have finished grazing a field, the farmer moves them on and in the meantime fertilises the used plot and plants what looked like cabbages. The cows are not allowed to simply wander freely and munch their way through a new pasture, but are kept in line by long wires stretching across the field. They can only eat what the wire allows them to reach. The cows are like lawnmowers!

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We arrived by Lake Te Anau in late afternoon, by which time the sun had come out and it was a pleasant, but short, walk around the town. Te Anau is the starting point for most visitors to Milford Sound, so there are many options other than the road to get there.

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