Haast to Wanaka to Queenstown
What a day! The weather finally broke and while New Zealand is incredible at all times, we really got a taste of what it’s all about today.
It all started with this really weird yellowish orb up in the sky. It kind of hurt to look at and definitely made it easier to see things but was kind of scary. We weren’t sure if the apocalypse was coming or not.
But, it was pretty so we went with it.
After a quick workout at the camp in the morning, we cruised down to Haast Beach to check out the surf. Rugged and gorgeous. That’s NZ’s West Coast (not unlike NorCal and Oregon).
From there we ventured through rock slides and some of the most gorgeous valleys this side of Australia.
After a couple hours drive with heaps of pull-offs for photos and Chevy-Chase-in-Vacation-looking-at-the-Grand-Canyon moments, we arrived in our future hometown of Wanaka.
On a lake, surrounded by mountains, we were greeted with changing foliage and this odd blue above us. Seemed to go with the yellow orb but we can’t be sure.
After some strolls around Wanaka and a little food and shopping (new Ice Breaker pull over … woo hoo!), we headed out for Queensland.
Talk about culture shock. Holy shit. Busy, congested and bustling, Queenstown was all that NZ has not been for us thus far.
But, the hustle and bustle is totally understandable because it’s FREAKING GORGEOUS!
Surrounded by the Remarkables, Queensland is an adrenaline junkies heaven. Or herion, which is probably a more apt analogy. You can do all sorts of stupid shit here: bungee jump to your death; paraglide to your death; sky dive to your death; helicopter rides to your death; Queensland has it all!
Being the intense, live on the edge couple that we are, we took the gondola of safety to an unreal vantage point over looking Lake Wannamatanahalottawater and the Remarkables.
After a short hike in the hills, and several failed couplies (selfies for couples), we had our shot and headed down to stroll through the gardens and walk along the lake at dusk.
Embolden by vitamin D and the stunning views we headed into town for our best meal yet: gyoza, udon, and sushi. Yay!
Tomorrow we will head down to Doubtful Sound (tours only … no roads go there) for a day trip before heading back to Queensland for the night and some soaking in Japanese Spas!