After getting cooked in the spa last night (due to the previous guests setting the spa temperature to 40deg!) we enjoyed a more comfortable 35deg dip to start the day.
A plug for our hosts Colleen and David at Pitches Store. If you are ever in the area of Otago Central, then do yourself a favor and spend an evening in the tiny historical township of Ophir at the Pitches Store. Colleen and David were marvelous and the evening meal was simply superb! Everything is from local produce, home made and delectable. 10/10!
Unfortunately we had to leave, but luckily we had a short day of only 35km, so we lingered til 10 before hitting the trail.
We were welcomed again with warm sunshine and blue skies, after a measly 7km we were greeted with the only cafe we would see on the trail for the day, so what better excuse than to drop in for another coffee, a shared muffin and fresh sandwiches to go for later on the trail.
Today’s stage is know to be one of the most spectacular with 2 tunnels and a number of bridges which added to a cracker of a day.
We also improved our success rate on stamp collecting without missing a single station, however the stamping execution was dismal with half up-side-down and the others under the wrong station headings!
Tonight’s accommodation sports magnificent views from our bedroom and a free shuttle service to the local pub (not in the same league as the previous night, but still with the same famous New Zealand hospitality!)