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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Akaroa; Best Fish and Chips ever at Murphy’s on the Corner

Akaroa, New Zealand

Ursula had heard that Akaroa is the place to go for fish and chips, and we read up on several recommendations. Alas, we did not go with those, but instead found a place on our own. If we had taken the most recommended place we would have wound up eating lunch at Bully Hayes:

Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

But a quick look at the offerings on the plates served outside left us yearning for a place we found on our own about half an hour earlier, when we stopped at the Coronation Library to snag a Wi-Fi signal for a bit:

Wi-Fi at Coronation Library on Rue Jolie near Beach Road

Just two minutes’ walk south, on the corner of Church Street and Rue Jolie, we passed a mouthwatering little place that was packed, with people waiting to take one of the few tables available. So, we headed back and decided to give this place a try. This is Murphy’s on the Corner:

Murphy’s on the Corner

The menu appears to change daily, as does the fish used in their fish and chips:

Murphy’s daily menu

I must say that heading back to Murphy’s from Bully Hayes was a definite win. I used to live in England, and I’ve traveled all over both Scotland and Ireland. In none of those places, world-renowned for fish and chips, have either Ursula or I ever had an example with incredibly tasty with a batter this delightfully light and crispy:

Best fish and chips EVER ! ! !

But enough about lunch. Let’s finish today with another view of the town:

Akaroa, New Zealand


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Circumnavigating Australia — Yarra Valley; Yering Farm Wines

Yering Farm Wines

We were in for a very long haul for our next tour stop. The ride from Yarra Valley Dairy to Yering Farm Wines took place over a nap-inhibiting 1.6 kilometers, which took nearly three long minutes to transverse.

Yering Farm Wines vineyard

This Yering Farm stop was a fun one. The views were nice, the wines tasty, and the staff friendly.

Yering Farm Wines — Our knowledgeable server with Duck Down Under Cabernet Rose

One of the first things that strike you as you approach the tasting room is the old, weathered, rusted-roof structure. It’s like a scene right out of the Old West.

Yering Farm Wines — Like something right out of the Old West

Facing the other direction we were greeted with colorful scenery.

Yering Farm Wines views

Inside, the tasting room appeared right out of a square dance hall.

Yering Farm Wines tasting room

Our server poured us a good representative selection of Yering Farm wines, which range from there Farmyard Series, to a mid-range Estate Series, on up to their top line Reserve Series. None were disappointing.

Yering Farm Wines views

This week’s Fun Photo Friday will conclude this Circumnavigation of Australia series. One destination I’m going to have to skip. That was Tasmania. The weather was miserable the entire time, and I only acquired a very few shots. Three photos simple would not be enough to do an article on this destination.

Starting the Monday after next I’ll begin a series on traveling around New Zealand. As with this Australia series, the New Zealand photos were acquired over two separate cruises — March 2019, and March 2020.

Next week will be a bit of a vacation. During that time I’ll be posting photos of El Paso desert flowers and a spectacular sunset, all of which were taken April through June of this year.

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Circumnavigating Australia — Yarra Valley; Yarra Valley Dairy

Yarra Valley Dairy

You’ll recall from last Wednesday’s article that our previous stop on this tour of Yarra Valley was the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. A little over ten minutes later we arrived at our next generation, Yarra Valley Dairy.

Yarra Valley Dairy

The shop here is a marvel in cheese selections — marinated cheeses (loved their “Fiery”), fresh cheeses (try their Chevre & Dill), and matured cheeses (try everything!). Check out their recipe page for some really fun ideas as well.

Yarra Valley Dairy

The Yarra Valley Dairy cheese shop goes well beyond just cheeses, however. There also a selection of other foodstuffs, and even complete platters. Each platter gives you four cheeses to sample along with bread, crackers, and locally made relishes.

Yarra Valley Dairy

Beyond the cheese selections are some great kitchen souvenirs, such as this cutting board made from native Australian woods, mostly from Tasmania:

Souvenir from Yarra Valley Dairy

But it’s the main attraction here is, of course, the exquisite cheeses made here.

Yarra Valley Dairy

We’ll head on down the road on Wednesday for yet another stop, this time at a winery for some tasting. Until then, I’ll leave you with a couple more shots of Yarra Valley:

Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

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