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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka April 23rd 2017

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka November 21st 2016

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133Not sure how many more lakes and snow topped mountains we can stand...Wanaka is lovely, more relaxed than Queenstown, and just a bit warmer.We stopped at Arrowtown and the Bungy bridge on the way, then picked up some cheese and bread from the Cheesery - for lunch.Checked into another Lakeview holiday park, and went for a wander around town.Back to the camper for cuppa, cake, reading and blog updating.Home cooked chicken shnitzels and salads for dinner. ... read more
Bungy bridge
Upside down zip-liner bloke
Lake Wanaka

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka March 3rd 2014

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133 Today I took the Connectabus outside the subway in Camp Street, I was the only one in the bus but the driver still took me to Wanaka passing through Cardona Pass which is v scenic. It climbed up on few sharp hair pin bends; I saw the rainbows, mountains. I paid only $45 but it was most enjoyable ride. I arrived at Wanaka early at Yha Wanaka so I dropped my bag at the locker room. The staff here were really friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. I walked to the lake which is scenic with shops restaurants, the weather was very sunny and it was really nice here, on the way back, I shopped at new World Supermarket, which was v reasonable. I decided to do bit of ... read more
Cardona Pass
Cardona Pass

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka September 8th 2012

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133The days had been counting down and I knew I had to face one of my fears. So far bungy jumping was in the back of my mind as we left Fox Glacier and headed towards Wanaka for some Skiing and Snowboarding at Treble Cone.We stayed in a small rest area at the base of a bridge just before Haast. It was a pretty wet night with some very heavy rain thrashing itself in to the camper and where the river had increased dramatically over night.We pushed on the following day to Wanaka, hoping the weather was clearer over the pass, but it was not. It continued to rain throughout the day. We didn't do too much in Wanaka unfortunately because we were looking forward to visiting it but the rain kept us quiet ... read more
Wanaka View From Treble Cone
Haast And A Swollen River After Plenty Of Rain

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka April 16th 2012

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133After leaving Franz Josef (the town and the glacier) we stopped in to see the nearby Fox Glacier. Along with Franz Josef, it is unique in descending 13 kms from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest. Although retreating for most of the last hundred years, both have been advancing since the mid 80's but we won't be getting into a global warming debate here. DH had satisfied her need to hang out with helicopter pilots for at least a while, so we just hiked up to the leading edge of this glacier where, at the fence line, we were met by a bulletin board containing reprints of newspaper articles detailing the deaths of people who had jumped the ... read more
DH Looking Good
Swan Dive
Misty Franz Josef

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka March 20th 2011

Mar. 15 Wanaka Nelson has a competitor for my favorite NZ community. Wanaka has it all: a beautiful blue mountain lake, hiking trails, friendly community, decent shopping, restaurants, and an overall peaceful attractiveness to it. We spent our first day here doing a lot of walking. We headed out of town about 2km where we started up to the view point on Iron Mountain. This hill is about 260 m high and took a good 40 minutes to climbed to the top. But the views made it all worth while. We had a 360 degree view of Wanaka and the surrounding areas. Lakes, mountains, rivers, and fields. We then headed down the hill on a much steeper incline that took us down the hill to a place called Puzzle World. Now Puzzle World totally lived up ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka March 1st 2011

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133Where do I start this blog? First of all apologies for not posting anything recently. As we moved to South Island we soon realised that wifi was difficult to access and expensive when it is available. We arrived in Wellington on the Sunday evening, 20th February and ran into difficulty. We have come to trust the GPS in the car but she (it is a woman's voice) let us down dramatically. We asked her to find motels which she usually manages without turning a hair but for some reason she kept taking us to addresses which were obviously not hotels or motels, one was an office block, one a building site and the third in the middle of a roundabout. After 3 tries and lots of cursing we switched her off totally in disgust ... read more
View from the ferry leaving Wellington
A koru
The weka in the kitchen

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka February 9th 2011

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133Woensdag 9 februariNadat we vanmorgen Te Anau hadden verlaten, kwamen we terug in zonnig weer. Het blijft wat killig maar de lucht ziet toch al helder blauw. Het was bovendien weer een erg mooie route door het landschap waar vele scènes van de Lord of the Rings zijn opgenomen. Na wat hindernissen zoals een kudde schapen, een kudde koeien en schapen, talrijke wegwerkzaamheden, enz kwamen we tegen de middag aan in Queenstown. Queenstown is de hoofdstad van de extreme sporten, en de plaats waar het bungee jumpen is uitgevonden. We hebben de fameuze brug gezien, maar hebben er niet aan mee gedaan. Ik heb op het einde van de vakantie nog een sprong van de Auckland tower gepland. We zijn in Queenstown met de gondel de berg op gegaan. Daar hebben we meegedaan aan ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka March 4th 2009

A cheap shot but who can resist taking the puss out of the keewee accint? It's not so easy, in fact well nigh impossible, to be cynical concerning the South Island's environmental backdrops. For a bloke normally averse to sitting behind the wheel, I've taken quite a shine to slowly cruising amongst New Zealand's majestic alpine scenery. Every bend in the road leads to the requisite oohs and aahs from the front seat. One easy hour out of Christchurch and the full roll call of scenic boxes are being ticked off: . precipitous mountains - tick. . waterfalls that hang like strings of spaghetti from those mountains - tick. . babbling brooks/creeks/rivers - tick. . thick, verdant forests - tick. . deep blue mountain fringed lakes - tick. . craggy glaciers - tick. . Lord of ... read more
Glacier walk - Franz Josef
Fox glacier
Mt Aspiring National Park -

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka February 15th 2009

So we were in Wanaka from February 10-12th and had a fairly relaxing time. Wanaka is a gorgeous town because it's set in the valley next to a giant lake and it's surrounded by mountains. We didn't do too much while we were there because we were recuperating from all of our activities in Franz Josef. The night we arrived we walked around the town and then had a group bbq with the people on our bus. It gave us a chance to say goodbye to that group since most of them were leaving Wanaka a day earlier than us. Later that night, when we were outside our hostel fighting with the vending machine, we heard a familiar phrase floating through the night air: "Saskatchewan? It's in the middle part of Canada..." So of course we ... read more
Lake Wanaka
At the top of Mount Iron
At the top of Mount Iron

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