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Day 28, Queentown to Wanaka

…or what should really read another day in Queenstown and then rolling into Wanaka late in the evening!

View of Lake Wakapitu from our B&B
View of Lake Wakapitu from our B&B

We were greeted by some stunning weather this morning, probably the first time it has felt like summer in a couple of weeks, and looking at the weather forecast expected to be relatively short lived.  Still although we’ve had some dull days on our trip so far it has generally been patchy rain and therefore it hasn’t really stopped us from doing anything. Nevertheless cloud free blue skies are enough to provide a separate boost of energy.

Although the B&B we stayed at in Queenstown was the most expensive of our tour, it was also one of the best and with stunning views over the lake in Queenstown we were able to enjoy some great views over lake.

Queenstown from the Skyline Gondola
Queenstown from the Skyline Gondola

After breakfast we headed up the Skyline Gondola which we had planned for a couple of days but had been hanging on for some perfect weather.  It was worth the wait.  We were one of the first up and had the chance to take some really fantastic pictures of the town and surrounds.  We then let our inner children loose for a while and had a couple of runs down the luge which is fun but probably 2-3 runs are enough.

We walked down the Tika Trail from the top to the bottom which is an unexpectedly steep and demanding trail that actually requires some concentration.  We passed a number of people walking up, many of whom looked like they might have been wishing they had spent less time in Fergburger!  The trail also allows great views both of a downhill MTB track as well as a zipline trail, both of which look like excellent fun but we need to save something for next time.

My Horse - Ben
My Horse – Ben

We headed out of Queenstown and up to Moke Lake for some Horse Trekking with Ben Lomond Horse Treks.  I’ve never been on a horse before never mind a trek!  I have to say they were very good and they gave me a carthorse (called Ben) who was very calm although a little bit difficult to steer!  It was a fabulous one-hour trek through the countryside and across streams so a good learning experience and maybe I would do it again.

Early summer in Wanaka
Early summer in Wanaka

Mid-afternoon so we headed out of Queenstown and off to Wanaka, which is about an hour’s drive away from Queenstown, arriving late in the afternoon.  We are staying in Wanaka Homestead which on first sight seems to be ok.  We spent a couple of hours driving around the town looking at the lake and looking for the perfect photo and then headed into town for some Fish & Chips (Nom nom nom).  Note: We are now really sick of Fish & Chips!

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