Now what, you may ask, does Clinton, Gore, Cows & Sheep have to do with anything in the same description? Well, we’re on our way to Te Anau on the western side of New Zealand’s South Island after spending the night in Dunedin (pronounced “Do-NEE-din). As we travel we will pass through Clinton, and then stop for just a bit in Gore; and as we travel along the scenery is now mostly composed of rolling hills with paddocks where we see lots and lots of dairy cows and then as we climb higher into the mountains we begin to see more and more sheep!
We stopped for lunch in Gore… at The Moth, a wonderful restaurant with many delicious choices. Shown below is my selection for lunch and it is not only “pretty” it is incredibly tasty! A red onion, goat’s cheese and fig tart, served alongside a balsamic salad which more than met my expectations. It was Oh. So. Very. YUMMY!
While we did not have time this day to walk about the vintage aircraft museum that “The Moth” is named for and adjacent too, we did enjoy the antique wooden airplane propellers hanging on the walls of the restaurant which were reminiscent of times gone by. And as always, we enjoyed each others company as we discussed what we’d seen this day on our trip.
Leaving The Moth we head ever westward towards the Southern Alps, Fiords and Sounds that we will finish up our trip with. The weather stays warm, although a bit brisk in the shade and we see a decidedly increase of sheep grazing in the paddocks and fewer cattle – evidence that we are climbing higher into the mountains and more into “cold” country where sheep excel.