New Zealand Winter trip DAY FIVE
The nomad gene was flaring its head the next day as we headed out for some exploration. Taking the Wanaka to Haast drive we passed some amazing countryside, with the extensive lakes taking the medal for extreme dramatic impact.
However I was starting to get the feeling that there is a lot of love for their native lands in the local descriptions of the area, as my expectations past the grandeur of the mountains and lakes was starting to diminish.
The Blue pool walk was green and raging (due no doubt to the recent rainfall though) yet the snow on the banks of the river instead of sand was intriguing.
The waterfalls were in abundance, and B counted 67 in total (some maybe just hillside runoffs I guess) along the trip. But by the end a waterfall was just a waterfall after 2hrs.
After a 2hr drive I anticipated great things, after all the area had been compared to “the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef as a significant national treasure”. What we found was a small petrol station/motel and a track leading to a stony beach??? An icy cold breeze was about the most impressionable thing I noticed.
In other words, you need more than a day trip to discover the wanders of this area (unfortunately time we didn’t have) and we headed back along the same track. Strangely the kids were having a ball as we invented new car games and took in the wander of the great lakes again (lake Hawea and Wanaka which seem to go on forever).
Sunset on Wanaka Lake, what a way to end the day
Drive along Highway 6 to west coast? Haast(1.45hr)
Blue Pool Track – easy walk that starts at the carpark on State Highway 6 near Makarora just north of Muddy Creek and leads through silver beech/tahina to a swingbridge overlooking the pools at the mouth of Blue River. Large brown and rainbow trout can often be seen feeding in the pools.
An easy 10 minutes return Thunder Creek Falls Walk is leading to the waterfalls lookout. The track is suitable for people of all abilities.
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NEXT: Historic stone ruins, and another fabulous Wanaka sunset