Walking in Wanaka

Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
Trip End Dec 07, 2008

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Friday, November 28, 2008

The weather has continued to improve - hooray!!! Still having a fantastic time. Have continued our journey south to Wanaka. A really fab town on the edge of the lake - our first stop was the DoC - needed to get some walk information to make the most of the good weather. Bought a couple of leaflets containing walk information which to be honest was as much use as a chocolate teapot - there was more info in the Lonely Planet.
Our first walk was up to the Rob Roy glacier - it was quite hairy getting there - along a nightmare gravel road - at one point I thought that the van was going to fall apart - all the sides come off in a comedy stylie! Through a few fords - the Spaceship did us proud. The walk was described as a gentle walk and the start of it wasn't exactally gentle!! Was concerned for a walk the next day which was described as strenuous, but to be honest it became quite a gentle walk and the views of the glacier were amazing - was good to see one after all the rain in Franz Josef & Fox.
We sat having a sandwich in the sun watching ice crashing down from the glacier - fantastic. We had some little feathery friends for lunch - the local Keas had come to see whether anyone would give them some food, and when any failed to appear one took an interest in Ade's t-shirt - I had a vision of this bird flying off with a blue t-shirt trailing behind it - it would have been a kodak moment!
The next day we were walking up to Roy's Peak - I can honestly say it lived up to its strenuous reputation. 3 hours of constantly walking uphill - from the very start you could see the peak and then it was a series of switchbacks up the hill. Not really the most interesting walk as you literally saw the same view, but from different heights. Getting to the top was a relief and there were great views of Lake Wanaka & Mt Aspiring. Did feel like a good achievement. I was looking forward to the walk down although this wasn't quite the delight that I was looking forward to - 2 hours constantly down. Still we were accompanied by a German guy who was telling us about his travels & search for the ladies...anyone?
Some very weary legs reached the bottom. Ade decided that we should treat outselves to a luxury campervan site - are there such things I hear you ask? Well yes there are - at least at luxury prices. The place had heated floors in the toilet / shower block (not that I got to experience them as not sure it was cold enough - discount!) and had a hot tub & sauna. It has to be said that the hot tub was a blessing on the tired feet - the nearest thing I'd had to a bath in weeks.
Then to make the most of the nice weather we decided to go to the cinema - Cinema Paradiso has an ecclectic collection of sofas, armchairs and even an old car to sit in (thanks for the recommendation Sam) I thought that we were going to see a film called Taken, but the schedule had changed and they were showing James Bond (my fav - so Becs you will be pleased to know I have been to see a new James Bond). Have to say the home made ice-cream and cookie were out of this world. I was so full up from the cookie that evening I only had a ham sandwich for tea!!
So the weary feet were going back on the road to Queenstown - in the car I hasten to add I wasn't actually walking.

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