A drive down to Bluff, at the southern end of South Island saw quite a dramatic reduction in temperature, and that was before we arrived on the ferry on Stewart Island! The lady from out B&B picked us up from the ferry terminal and orientated us on what was where on the island. Having unsuccessfully not managed to book kayaking or a Ulva Island Tour we took a trip to see Stewart Island and a stop-off on Ulva Island (large recent project has seen all the rodents removed from the island and now it is flourishing in wildlife). This turned out to be brilliant as we saw lots and our nature walk was limited to an hour so we managed to concentrate for most of it and learn how to be professional bird watchers!! Saw a kea, kaka and lots of plants - tried to learn how to recognise a bird from it's song but that was a lost cause! Did see the most massive elephant sea lion basking on the beach, who waved "hello" to us when we disturbed him!
A beautiful evening meal that night in Churchills' - a hot rock was used to cook all my seafood dish at my place and tasted the local blue cod which was delicious - Dad had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Kayaking was all arranged for the morning after and we pottered along only to be driven to the sea and told it was too rough....so a walk it was then!
B&B was great with sea-facing views and a lovely balcony off the front of the whole house. The lady was extremely kind and helped us with loads of information, and even drove us everywhere we went! (luckily was only a very small island with approx 400 residents)