One of the cool things about working in New Zealand is they have lots of Public Holidays. To take advantage of the last one of the winter, before 3 whole months until the next, we went off to Wanaka, our favourite place in the South Island. On route we also stopped off in Tekapo because you cannot drive the 5.5 hours to Wanaka and not stop in Tekapo for bagels on top of the Mount St John and take in that amazing view.
In Wanaka we spent the weekend walking, eating delicious food and finally watching the very funny kiwi move ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ in our favourite, cinema Paradiso. I highly recommend you watch it for a good laugh and some insights into kiwi culture. It was a brilliantly relaxing weekend and I was so happy to see both Tekapo and Wanaka in the snow!
Apologies for the amount of pics but it was impossible to narrow the selection as there are so many stunning places….
From the top of Mount St John
Such an awesome view!
Cristal blue water
Ready for breakfast after a 3 hour early morning drive.
I am in heaven!
What a view for breakfast
Nearly time to go
I like to add some colour to the surroundings
The entrance to the Astro Cafe
Making our way down to the car park
The view from the carpark
The direction we are going to drive in
One more last look…
Lake Wanaka from the centre of town
Little walk up to the top of the hill behind the town
Early morning walk up Mount Roy
Views over Wanaka in the early morning frost
Very cool cloud formations
Such stunning colours
View around to the Dublin Bay side of the lake
Still a thin whisper of cloud
Going back down
Very happy to sit out in the sunshine at Relish Cafe and eat chips and a delicious lamb chargrilled ciabatta
Wanaka in the afternoon
Sunset by the lake
Sitting by the lake listening to Harry Potter audio books and skimming stones
Last fisherman on the lake
After skimming stones
Wanaka at dusk
Catching a glimpse of the giant eels and trout in the lake
Stroll before dinner at Thai Siam and then on to the cinema
Warming up by the fire
Walk around the lake to Beacon Point before we head back to Christchurch
Hard to leave this place