Queenstown to Wanaka


Queenstown to Wanaka – An easy driving day

I wish all days were as short a drive as today but that is not possible in New Zealand. A small population in a large land base.

Up to Coronet Peak to the ski fields to start the day off. Obviously no snow this time of year but it felt like there was. An exceptionally cold southerly breeze but no rain like the rest of the country has been having.

A photo opportunity then on to Arrowtown. I took no photographs there as I needed catch up on admin for this tour plus forthcoming tours. So the group had 45 minutes to explore at their leisure although only one used the full time to do so.

Next was the Crown Range Road to Wanaka. A stop at the summit lookout for more photographs. We seem to escape the wind up there which I was happy about as I was not dressed for winter.

Then into Cardrona and a stop at the old pub. No beers today as I offered to shout the group coffees or tea. I believe they needed that to get warm again.  A bit disappointed to see the condition the front of the building is currently in given I believe it’s a heritage building.

On to Wanaka for a lunch in a private house overlooking the lake. A beautiful stop, great food and superb view.

An early 3.30pm finish at the Edgewater Resort 30 minutes walk from the township and right on the lake edge. A washing machine and dryer in the room which I am taking advantage of. Good to know I will have all laundry up to date again.

Tomorrow Franz Josef. About 300km with many stops to be made. It will be a long day for everyone



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