This is some of my favourite Southland landscape. This wetland is in the west, near Te Anau.
There are walkways through this area, some of them elevated. This area was taken over as a restoration project three or four years ago, and gradually the swamp is growing.

Meanwhile, today here in Invercargill, the Tour of Southland, the premier cycle race in New Zealand, began. Unfortunately the first day of this six day race coincided with a cold snap and snow is down to 300 metres. I watched the 130 riders pushing through hail and sleet. I admired their toughness.

I had hoped that I might be able to take a sports photo but the hail bouncing off my head worked against me.