We took the scenic route from Invercargill to Manipouri, with a stop in Riverton for lunch. We were so glad we stopped at Mrs. Clark’s Cafe (one of those Cafes in the book). Mr. and Mrs. Clark started the business, then he died in 1879 and she decided to continue as the town’s baker and confectioner opening Mrs. Clark’s in 1891. She sold the business in 1914 but it has remained Mrs. Clark’s ever since. It’s no surprise they won NZ’s Best Cafe award for 2012-13. Lunch was yummy (blue cod fishcakes for Jim and vege baked beans on toast for me). I guess I should also mention the dessert – grilled ginga bread served with caramel and butter.
Last stop in town was a well-stocked second hand book shop down the street. Finally we were off on another long drive in the rain. We arrived late in Manipouri at Freestone hostel. This place is such a delight with individual cottages scattered around the property. Our cottage was up the hill from the refrigerators and toilets and had its own pot bellied stove and kitchen. Horses roamed the property and the view from our private porch was a reward for the eyes.