Sheep among the grapes
What I've been calling "folded hills" (I'm sure there's a proper geological name for them) soften the landscape.
We stopped briefly in Havelock looking for some fresh green-lipped mussels or other seafood, to no avail. However, this funny mussel pot with terrified running mussel made it worth the pause.
And soon we arrive. One of the last stands of river flat native forest lies in the Pelorus Scenic Reserve. The remnant of an ancient forest, it exemplifies the type of fertile lowland forest that covered the valleys of this region before European settlement. Enormous rimu, totara, and kahikatea trees grow thick against the sky. We found a campsite and walked.
Trees also growing out of the ground. The birdsong here is extravagant!
The Pelorus River, where the famous barrel scene was shot for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
A short driving day leaves plenty of time for reflection.