Back in the car William points the car toward the top of the lake. The paved road turns to gravel and becomes more narrow. We go over a multitude of one lane bridges and around curves and begin to wonder if we are on the right road. But, we go over another bridge and see one of the green and gold Department of Conservation signs. We have arrived at Dorothy Falls. Yeah! The bottom 2/3rds of the falls are visible from the bridge and there is a short path that takes us to the base. It's very picturesque- exactly what I think a waterfall in the wilderness will be.
There's only one other couple at Dorothy Falls. They're from north of Auckland and are spending several months enjoying the South Island. We confer about the route to Hokitika Gorge, our mutual next destination, then we leave them to their picnic lunch. We're starting to get hungry. We have water, but made the mistake of not bringing snacks. We think we'll find a cafe on our route, but alas we do not. We vow to never go out exploring again without some provisions to tide us over.