Embracing the Unexpected: A Journey to Stewart Island
It was an early morning just outside of Invercargill, the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, where our adventure began. The air was crisp, the sky was clear, and our spirits were high. We were about to embark on a journey to Stewart Island, New Zealand's third-largest island, known for its pristine natural beauty and abundant wildlife.
Our journey started with a drive to Bluff, a town located at the bottom of the South Island. It's known as the 'Gateway to Stewart Island'. Here, we boarded a ferry that would take us to our destination. The anticipation was palpable. The ferry ride, though last minute, was smooth and uneventful, much to our relief.
As we sailed across the calm Southern Ocean, we were greeted by the warm sun. The hour-long transfer felt like a blink of an eye, and before we knew it, we had arrived at Stewart Island.
Stewart Island, with its population of around 400 residents, is a haven for wildlife. The island is home to over 15,000 kiwis, making it the bird's highest density in population anywhere in the world. This unique feature adds to the island's charm and appeal.
Upon our arrival, we decided to indulge in a local delicacy - a butter chicken pie from the island's only supermarket. As we sat on a bench overlooking the harbor, we savored every bite of our meal, taking in the breathtaking views around us.
Our journey to Stewart Island was not just about reaching our destination, but also about embracing the unexpected. It was about learning to let go of our worries and to enjoy the moment. It was about appreciating the beauty of nature and the simple pleasures of life.
So, here's to more adventures, to embracing the unexpected, and to making memories that will last a lifetime. Here's to Stewart Island, a gem in the heart of New Zealand.