After the big night out I woke up quite late and spent the rest of the morning catching up on my journal in the sunny TV lounge of the Southern Laughter Hostel. Having waited for the day to warm up, which it had only slightly, I then took a walk into town to book my next Magic Bus seat for the Saturday coming, got some lunch and replaced the battery in my watch.
In the afternoon, feeling like I hadn’t done much yet, I went for a hike up to the Skyline Gondola. Partly because I was saving money but it was also a beautiful afternoon I chose not to take the cable car up and rather hike through the dense Beech forest.
Although it was steep, it was a nice path up with great views every now and again, through clearings in the trees, of Lake Wakatipu below.
The views from the top were definitely worth the climb as you can see in these photos.
It was freezing though and as the sun sank lower in the sky I took one last look before making my way back down through the forest. Back at the hostel the free vegetable soup was just the ticket to warm up while relaxing and watching a movie before getting an early night.