Dan In The South Pacific 2006 travel blog

Power of the South Winds


Sheep at Waiau Downs

Yes, I sheared a sheep

Lake (I can't remember which one right now)

I met the Bottom bus and we left Invercargill. We made our first stop at Riverton which is a small town that is mostly based on Paua (abalone) harvesting and other sea based industries. We stopped at a cafe that had some shell souvenirs on display but I didn't buy any.

After leaving Riverton we made our way to Waiau Downs, a tourist farm. This farm has about 5000 sheep and they specialize in giving demonstrations when not in the shearing season. We got to see Ray work his dogs to herd sheep and get them into the shearing shed and then had a chance to separate some ewes from lambs. Once the sorting was finished we watched a shearing demo and then got a chance to try it ourselves. It was easy to do, but it would be hard if I had to go fast and not nick the skin of the sheep. Overall, this was an important part of my NZ tour. If I hadn't had a chance to experience what it was like on an NZ sheep farm would I really know what the country was like?

We then left Waiau Downs and made our way to Te Anau. The drive was long, and we stopped in Manapouri to see the lake. We then drove to Te Anau which has its own lake. I did a short walk to the Wildlife center and saw some more birds.

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