We arrived in Te Anu late in the afternoon. The road was good all the way and traffic, while heavy near Frankton and Queenstown, the rest of the way was light. Most of the vehicles on the road, at least 3 out of 5, are rentals. Camper vans, like us, down to regular van sized units. The most colorful are the bright green and purple - Juicy Vans. The locals tend to stay out of the way of the rental! And probably rightly so!
We were staying with friends of Mom and Dads from their time in Whanakaki. Peter helped them rebuild and enlarge their 'bach' on the beach. Peter recalled telling Dad not to breath too hard in it, it might fall down. They did a wonderful job of making it a place everyone loved. A couple of years later, they moved to Te Anu to find a piece of land for farming, and a bit away from larger cites.
Peter and Bev have several hundred acres tucked in a nice valley. They 'farm' deer and some cattle. In the states we'd call it ranching. He has about 450 head of deer, red stags, a coulpe dozen bull elk,about 15 sheep which are pets, a bunny, a cat named Jamaica, and one day old fawn that we found in the field when moving the herd! It was doing exactly what it should -hiding and staying put. It was good until I got about 2 feet from it, then I tried to shoo it on to go with Mom. On wobbly legs, it followed, but slowly!
Gordy and I were invited along with Peter as he moved the herds around to new fields. Gone are the days of dogs and horses, even the 4 wheelers have been replaced with small 4WD vehicles, an Isuzu Rodeo in this case. We moved the deer, and cattle to new fields so they'd have plenty of feed for the 3 days we were planning on being away.
A young fawn of 3 months old, bonded with Peter shortly after birth, and never returned to the herd. He will follow Peter in the car, as if that's mom! It will be returned to the herd in a few more months.