Our last Stewart Island day was one of relaxation. Our calves demanded this. Not so much because of the distances we walked ( about 25 km in three days) but the constant op and down hill is something we are not accustomed to. SO felt hat this Achilles injury was playing op again and he had been visited by large numbers of sandflies and not happy with that. So we took the “village and bays” tour, a bustrip around Oban taking about an hour and a half. After the tour we had a look in the GlowingSky outlet store . GlowingSky is a merino clothing manufacturer a bit like more well known Icebreaker. One of the main differences is that GlowingSky started on Stewart Island and Icebreaker in Christchurch I think Of course we did not only have a look we did buy some items. It is an outlet and it is wonderful stuff. We finished it off with lunch at the JustCafe where they have very nice wraps, tea and coffee. It is a bit of a weird place but the food and drinks are good. We had a look around one of the other shops and then we checked in for our 15.30 ferry .
To be honest I was not looking forward to the return trip. Not because I was sad to leave the island but given my green look on the way to the island. But we were in luck The return trip was over a wonderful almost mirror like sea. Sunshine and all. So the trip was easy on me and as a result easy on SO. On our way to the hotel we did some grocery shopping and took to our new room. The owners were so happy we had enjoyed Stewart Island as much as we had. To allow our calves a little more relaxation we then got into the hotel spa and had the bubbles easy our aching muscles.
Stewart Island was spectacular and we loved it more than we could have imagined. It was so unspoiled and calm. Having said that leaving the island feels as if we have started our return journey. From hereon we are only northbound and though we still have 2 weeks to go, we are on our way back to Auckland and in a way ‘homeward bound’ but we are taking that at a leisurely pace.