02.04.2016 - 02.04.2016 15 °C
Since we were so close, we had decided that dinner at Fleurs Place in Moeraki should be our reward for completing the trail. We slept late, and then packed up the car - separating out the smelly cycling gear, and enjoying putting the bikes on the racks and knowing we wouldn't use them again until Tuesday.
We mooched in Oamaru for the morning - a bit of shopping and some great brunch at Steam Cafe. We visited Whitestone Cheesery, and had a great experience there with a wonderful French assistant talking us through the cheeses, with just such a beautiful accent. I swear we bought more cheese because of that!
We stopped at Moeraki Boulders on the way south. The misty overcast day with spray in the air gave an eery perspective of these ancient concretions. (yes, we learnt that word there too!). By 2pm, we were ensconced in our delux motel unit in Moeraki. What a beauty! A lounge with lazy-boys, and fab view over the ocean! A perfect place to while away the afternoon.
We headed down to the Moeraki Tavern around 6pm, a great local! We people watched, a good combination of locals, people up from Dunedin for the weekend, and international tourists. Shame the beer is always so bad. Still, we walked on down to Fleurs Place for our 7pm reservation. We had a fantastic meal - it is a great location, with great atmosphere and wonderful food. Fleur was hovering around, making sure everything was done just so. We had a wonderful smoked eel starter, and then a shared tasting try of 5 different fillets, with simple steamed vegetables. The sun set and the water sparkled outside. Magic treat, a wonderful end to our Alps to Ocean adventure.