TripAdvisor Reviews Silverpine Lodge Wanaka
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... What a place and what an apartment. Looking right onto the lake and for the first time in weeks we are here long enough to unpack our suitcases. Wanaka itself is a really lovely town but it turns out that getting to the slopes is not like it is in Europe. It is an hour's trip at least either by bus and very expensive. The thought of a 7.15am departure is not great but we decide to go with it for day one. Luckily we are recommended a brilliant ...
... sure, the Matukituki Valley.
This is what I was all about to find out in the middle of my day.
The trail starts quite easy and is so well graded that I decided to try being as fast as enjoyable for me while still taking stops to get the view and take some pictures.
This way I trained my skills in running upstairs for the first part :D and later on switchbacking my way up to the summit.
The rain caused some small ...
... us the road is closed to the next town. He said reports are there have been 4-5 campervans blown over due to the high winds and trees are down on the roads. We tell him we are going to the next campground and settle in, so he lets us pass. We stopped at Otto-Macdonald campground by Lake Mapourika. We called it an early day and broke out the salmon, crackers, cheese and libations. The wind blew really hard all night long.
... or hear any signs of a waterfall up there so I assume NZ Frenzy was talking about the one seen from the road at the bottom. If only we had had a blue sky it would have been spectacular. Between walking through the paddocks in the beginning and the drive to the top and back we spent an hour there.
I thought we might be able to make the 3:30 showing of Monument Men at Cinema Paradiso so we stopped there when we got to town but the movie ...
... Pass Lookout and spent 35 min to walking up to the top and back. It went through pretty moss covered beech forest but the mountain tops were in the clouds. We stopped at Cameron Creek and took the easy 20 min RT walk to the lookout at a bend in the creek with mountains in the background.
Next stop was the Blue Pools for a nice 30 min RT walk to the pools at the rigid bridge 5 min after the swing bridge. Someone on ...
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