February 25, 2015 In life

En Route to Lake Wanaka

New Zealand Tales: Part Thirteen

For three weeks, we’re traveling the country of New Zealand (#WatsonsdriveNZ) and blogging our way through it. Follow along + catch up by reading Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart NinePart TenPart Eleven and Part Twelve.

On a sunny morning at Misty Peaks Bed and Breakfast you can see the green mountains and the icy glacier that gives the town it’s name – Fox Glacier – surrounding the property. We very much enjoyed our stay at Misty Peaks. We’ve had pretty good luck with accommodation but there’s something so restful about a place that “gets it right!” The owners of Misty Peaks spend all but their winters in Fox Glacier and throughout the winter off-season, travel to Europe yearly! I could have stayed here a lot longer than we did, just to read and rest.

After breakfast we were on our way to Lake Wanaka! The B&B owners told us the three hour drive would be one of the prettiest we had done. Of course, so much of New Zealand has been beautiful, but we’d have to say they were right! Our first stop was Haast for tea and coffee. There is nothing in Haast. It absolutely amazes us how many towns in New Zealand seem to exist purely for tourism. Nothing but motels/hotels and tour buses and one or two cafes. Anyway, don’t bother stopping. Hahah.

Right off the highway was a ton of gorgeous mountain scenery with glacier rivers.

This would be Randy climbing down the rock edge to “touch the water.” Yeah, I tried not to look.

Next was the Blue Pools! It’s only a kilometre walk down to a bridge over crystal clear, blue waters. The colour of the water is pretty rad.

The best part was coming over the hill into Lake Wanaka. Such a gorgeous town! We were amazed at the sheerness of the mountains into the blue water. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

We had lunch at Wanaka Speight’s Ale House across the street from the lake and tried Black Peak Gelato for dessert. We checked into the Oakridge Resort and we loved it! Definitely cooler than it looked online. That’s one of the best things about staying in 16 different places on this trip – you book hotels online but it’s a total surprise (good or bad) when you arrive. We had a view of the mountains and green grass below, a big patio with a sliding door.

We spent some time walking around Lake Wanaka in the early evening, taking photos and enjoying the feel of the town. For dinner, we chose Relishes Cafe. We loved our server, on a working holiday from Seattle! The food was really good, but… small portions and expensive. You win some, you lose some. Regardless – we loved our evening in Lake Wanaka and it left us wanting more! ;)