Waking up in Wanaka

From Queenstown we headed north for Lake Wanaka.  When we were talking about this trip to people, Lake Wanaka was highly recommended and when we pulled onto the waterfront we could see why.  We arrived to a view of a beach lined with huge trees, a clear blue lake and snow capped mountains in the distance.

Of course it seems nobody goes to Lake Wanaka without visiting the world famous tree that sits by itself in the lake.  A wonderful touch to the landscape, especially at sunset.

We camped for the night just south of the Treble Cone (2,058 metres high) and were once again captivated by the clear views of the milky way.  Despite the wind and the choir of birds throughout the night, we awoke to a stunning sunrise.

Since we had picked up a bike for Kirsty in Queenstown, we were keen to get onto the local trails. We chatted to Tom (who funnily enough lived about 20 minutes out of town from where we stayed in Scotland) and he pointed us in the direction of Sticky Forest.  It was a great first taste of mountain biking in New Zealand.

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After spending most of our time riding the trails we headed for the West Coast and stopped by Lake Háwea and the Blue Pools.  Lake Háwaea had some of the clearest water I have ever seen, it was difficult to spot the difference between the rocks in the water and those on the the beach. 

We would have loved to have more time in Lake Wanaka but unfortunately were unable to at this time.  Once our road trip is over we hope to get straight back down and explore more of the region.

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