I am fast running out of adjectives to describe the wonderfulness of my journey.
Sadly said goodbye to Wanaka this morning. I thought Lake Wanaka was big but… Lake Hawea just outside is bloody ginormous. Must have driven for a good 40Km and was still driving down just one side of it.
Stunning, stunning, drive up to Fox Glacier (haven’t visited yet as it took me all day to get here). Via many short walks, photo stops and a concerted attack by sandflies at pretty much each stop including:
Thunder Creek Falls:
Driving through lush forest – the west coast is wetter so this side of the southern alps is a lot greener than the view you get from the Aoraki National Park side.
Didn’t see ole Mount Cook today though – just glimpses as it was a bit cloudy by the time I got to Fox on an otherwise glorious sunny journey. Did a walk round Lake Matheson which was really pretty though seemed like a puddle compared to Lake Hawea.
Met a Nigerian family from Sydney staying at same campsite. And ran into Hippy and Chrissy who I passed at a photo stop not too far out of Wanaka. Will join them for a beer and a little something extra later.