Wanaka – Day 9

The B&B that we stayed at is a Hobbit Style recreation villa, very cute but not very usable to be honest, over sized furniture in a very small room and the doors were oval (all the way round) which made getting in and out of rooms quite dangerous!

We woke to lots of low cloud and plenty of rain, we had been booked on a Speed Boat tour of the lake and surrounding river system, but it was cancelled as it was deemed too dangerous and a chance of flash flooding; so we had a free day to our selves. In the morning we drove to Mount Aspiring National Park, it rained and rained and the clouds were so low we never actually saw Mount Aspiring! It is apparently a real Snow covered Matterhorn, we did see lots of farmland and grazing sheep, cows and deer. Very pretty views around the lake and some small creek crossings, we eventually had to turn back, as the creeks had turned in rivers!

 

In the afternoon we thought we could put all this rain to good use and go see some waterfalls, so we drove out to Haast. Some of the waterfalls are only a 2 -5 minute walk from the road way, so we got a little wet, but not too bad, well worth the stunning waterfalls we saw. Little did we know that the road was supposed to go all the way through to Gunns Camp (which we visit in a few days time), but deemed not feasible to continue. It took us a few days to get to Gunns Camp going via Queenstown & TeAnau, via Haast would have been a lot quicker. We saw Fantail Falls, Pleasant Falls, Thunder Creek Falls and The Gates. We went up to Roaring Billy Falls as well, but deemed it too wet & dangerous to walk down to in the rain, so we gave that one a miss and saw it from a distance.

– Julz