Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
38Trip End Mar 19, 2011
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Our cabin that night was just what the doctor ordered after our overnight excursion. It was comfy, cozy, and oh-so-warm. In fact, a bit on the hot side with the stove cooking in the corner. Katie was opening windows after a while, and even I – queen of cold feet – was getting steamy around my toes. Regardless, we got some much needed good night's sleep in our hotbox. As an added bonus, that night we were treated to an unexpected sight on our way to the bathroom. It was late enough that the sun was well below the horizon and darkness filled the sky
Thankfully, we’d scheduled in a day of rest before our four day trek on the Milford Track. This gave us ample time to shop for our camping meals in Te Anau and stuff our packs with all the needed gear. Te Anau is a nice little town about 20k north of Manapouri. It was here that we decided to eat our first meat pie! We chose a venison pie, as the café boasted theirs to be the best in the world. Plus, as I mentioned before, venison isn’t something either one of us ever eat. We decided early on to experience all the native or unusual foods New Zealand had to offer – that’s one of the best parts of traveling!
Unlike the venison burger we had back in Invercargill, this was true venison – no added onions or garlic or sauces. Just tender venison meat and gravy wrapped in a light and flaky crust
We continued our eating binge that evening, stuffing ourselves with what we termed "a feast for the ages" – Pasta with wine marinara sauce, ground beef, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, and a baguette with butter on the side. To wash it down, a nice big bottle of ginger beer (the non-alcoholic variety). Scrumptious, filling, and great fuel for the four days of hiking we had ahead of us. Tomorrow we started The Milford Track, one of the greatest hikes in the world.