New Zealand: The beauty of Wanaka

Our next days led us to the Lake District or Queenstown-Lakes District which contains Lake Wakatipu, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hāwea. Our first stop was Queenstown. There we wanted to hike up to the Queenstown Hill and the Bob’s Peak but sadly we only got rain, rain, rain. Which was actually ok because Queenstown itself is a pure tourist city. Full of Lord of the rings tours and other highly touristic attractions, which is completely fine when looking for that kind of entertainment. For it was too much for that reason we did not spend much time in the town itself, we drove along the lake and got some amazing views.

Due to the rain we drove further to Arrowtown, a  small gold rush village which is nice to visited for one or two hours. The rain luckily stop, and we had the chance to walk a round a bit in the town center. In a coffee place we met some locals which been on a winery tour. The locals where super chatty and gave us several recommendations. The first recommendation they gave us, was to visit the Mount Soho Winery Venue near Arrowtown, which they just came from. It was a nice estate in which it is possible to visit the cellar and have a wine tasting.

The second recommendation was to visit the Mount Aspiring National Park. It is one and a half hour drive from Wanaka to the Raspberry Flat Carpark,which we actually follow the next day.

But before we came to the next day, we still needed to find a nice campground for the night. To find that we drove further to Wanaka with the beautiful Wanaka Lake. We could not help and stop one or two times and just enjoy the surrounding and a hike at the lake side.

In Wanaka we stayed in the camp side Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, which is actually a real big camp but due to the off-season it was not crowded at all. We were able to put our tend close to the Wanaka lake with an amazing view at the mountain. Just another dream location for camping.

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