We were collected by the Magic Bus a little before 9:00am and taken down to Lake Matheson which was on my list of must see places in New Zealand. It is also known as Mirror Lake because of the reflections of Mount Cook on its surface when the conditions are still. Sadly the clouds didn’t cooperate but I did manage to get this awesome panorama so all was not lost.
Next we continued South along the coast, stopping at Ship Creek, where the sun came out before heading inland towards the Haast Pass.
The Haast Pass is one of only 3 passes over the Southern Alps of New Zealand. It is very dramatic and even more so because of the overnight rain with hundreds of waterfalls cascading off the mountain sides. One particularly impressive waterfall was that of Thunder Creek where the Magic Bus stopped for us to take some photos.
Once over the pass, the clouds cleared and we had our lunch stop at Makarora before continuing on towards Wanaka but before that we had one more photo stop.
It was here, on the shores of Lake Hawea – one of the most breathtaking views I came across in New Zealand. Does it get any better than this?
From there it was a short drive around the corner to Wanaka which is a little resort town on the shores of Lake Wanaka and it is just such a beautiful setting as you can see. Immediately I was happy that I had chosen to get off the Magic Bus and spend two nights here.
It was a perfect afternoon and the weather forecast for the next day was just as good so the first thing I did was organise a ski pass and transport from the i-site. Then it was off to rent ski equipment and cart that all back to the hostel. I was very excited at the prospect of skiing again but also a little nervous having not skied for 18 years but I’d cross that bridge when I got to the slopes.
The sun was still up so Karin suggested we get a sundowner. We found a bar with a balcony on the second storey overlooking the lake which was the perfect spot to watch the sun set while sipping on some cold beers.
After the sun had set we walked back via a Countdown supermarket where we bought some pasta and tuna to make for dinner at the hostel.