When driving for 10 hours in one day got vetoed, we got to spend the night in a small town called Garston with a population of 106. We stayed at an old hotel, Garston Hotel, which didn't have a very good heating system, but had a great cook in Alex. He was a chef in London for a while before running this hotel. We had the whole place to ourselves and he cooked a gourmet dinner and breakfast for us, it was quite nice.
I became the navigator of the trip and thus got to sit in the front seat as we drove. This provided me with a great view of all the scenery around us, it was breathtaking. I didn't want to look down at the map or tour book, but just wanted to keep looking outside. In one day, we could drive and see snow capped mountains and then turn a corner and see what looked like autumn, it was pretty neat. Thankfully, our weather was perfect, no rain or snow, just some chilly days especially when you are use to 80 degree weather most of the time.
One of the things we saw a lot of were sheep. There are 40 million sheep in NZ and only 4 million people, most of whom live on the North Island. As we were driving we saw a number of sheep, deer, elk, and cattle farms, and even saw a herd of sheep being driven on the road. I don't know where the sheep were going, but they were traveling along the road with Lake Wakatipu on one side and a mountain on the other. It seemed like they had quite a ways to go and were going quite slowly. We enjoyed watching them for a while, then we drove up to them and they opened us a small path for us to go through and quickly closed in behind us again. Hopefully they got to where they were going.