Days 17 – 22: Wanaka and Queenstown
We have spent a relaxing time in Queenstown and Wanaka. Apologies for being behind with my blog, but I am updating as and when I get internet and when I can.
We left Omarama on Day 17 and headed briefly back up to Lake Ruantaniwha to look at the lake and some of the beautiful autumn trees. We had a drive around this area which was completely deserted and took some photos of the trees which looked really gorgeous – even in the rain! From here we headed back up to Twizel to have some more delicious pizza from Shawtys. Then we drove on to Wanaka and spent time in the area before settling at our camper van site for the night.
The next day we took a drive round to Glendhu Bay before setting off for Queenstown, travelling over the Crown range road (one of our favourite roads). We had lunch at our favourite place – Winnies and spent the afternoon in Queenstown before taking the beautiful drive round the lake to Kingston and our accommodation for the night at Hectors.
Over the next few days we did various things in Queenstown including: the wonderful peninsula walkway, taking another of our favourite drives up to Glenorchy – which looked especially beautiful with its autumn colours, enjoyed a nice hot chocolate at Chocolate Patagonias, spent time exploring the lakefront and Frankton arm in Queenstown and John finally had a famous Fergburger (those of you who know me know I am not a burger person, but John enjoyed it!).
Following yet another stay in the Queenstown area (which we loved) we headed back up to Wanaka for a further night at Aspiring Campervan park before our big trip up the West Coast.
Where we spent time: Lake Ruantaniwha, Twizel, Wanaka, Glendhu Bay, Queenstown, Kingston, Glenorchy
Where we stayed: Aspiring Campervan park (Wanaka) – we loved this campervan park! It was really well-run, with a beautiful view of the mountains just a few mins drive from Wanaka. Everything was really well thought-out, with great showers and bathrooms and all-round good facilities.
Hectors at Kingston – this was in a quiet location and was quite a quirky campsite. The showers were quite small but the bathrooms were ok. The camper van spaces weren’t too close together, and we saw the Kingston steam train pass in the morning!
Shotover Top 10 in Queenstown – unsurprisingly NOT recommended – just read my blog post here (mouse and all!) to see why.
Where we are headed next: The West Coast