Ok, so I got a bit caught up with my travels and what took place down there that I haven’t blogged at all for the rest of the trip! So I’ve got a lot to share now that I’m back home in Wellington.
The second day in Wanaka was just as great as the first. We booked a car tour with ‘Funny French Cars’ where Judy (or was it Julie?) took us around Wanaka and the surroundings for half a day. The weather was absolutely beautiful so it was a great day to do it. There were plenty of stops along the way, with views of the mountains, the lake and just the incredibly stunning landscape.
The first stop was at Mataputu River, and you can see those photos above. It was difficult to catch all of it on photos, it was such a pretty place. It was so quiet there, except for the river roaring beneath us. You could hear some cows and sheep in the distance, and when we drove back down we stopped to take some photos of the horses. They didn’t seem too fussed, so I think people take photos of them all the time. The cows, however, ran away as soon as I approached them, so didn’t get any photos of them.
The next stop was at Lake Wanaka. The lake was super calm and there was no one around. It would have been a perfect place to just sit and relax. We had some tea and coffee there, and a bit of a snack that Judy brought along for the trip.
When we got there, there was no wind whatsoever, but by the time we finished the snack, the wind started to pick up and you could see the water on top of the lake starting to move towards us. So we packed up and drove to our next destination.
The next place we went to was Lake Hawea. Jeremy and I had planned to go there to check it out anyway, so it was cool that she drove us there as part of the tour. Again, the scenery was stunning. A calm, blue lake with partly snow-covered mountains in the background – what’s not to love? Judy had brought along some crepe mixture, so while we were checking out the view and taking photos, she started to cook up some crepes on the BBQ.
Someone had built some pretty cool rock towers that we took some photos of. There were huge rocks around, so we probably could have built a few ourselves, but we headed back to eat some crepes with honey.
After we were done there, Judy was kind enough to let us drop by her house to have some ice cream and feed her sheep. Jeremy told her that I had always wanted to pet some sheep, haha. They were a lot rougher than I thought they would be. In my mind I pictured them as being quite fluffy, but that certainly wasn’t the case!
So that was the first half of the second day. It was absolutely wonderful, and we were so happy that the weather turned out to be beautiful. Before we travelled down to Wanaka we checked the forecast and it was looking like it was going to rain pretty much our whole trip! But the weather definitely came to the party!
Stay tuned for part two of day two!