10. Lake Hawea (Viewpoint)
This big blue body rests between Blue Pools and Wanaka. It’s a spectacular sight to behold. Then again, almost everywhere in New Zealand is!
11. Lake Wanaka/ That Wanaka Tree
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12. Roys Peak
If you’re looking for an easy hike, this is NOT for you. But if you’d do anything for a million-dollar shot and great views (especially at sunrise!), then give this a shot.
Total distance: 11km Duration: 5-6 hours return Directions: The track starts at the Roys Peak Track carpark, 6 km from Wanaka town
Also note that you cannot camp on this trek.
I was so thrilled as I drove in to Queenstown. First, it was the subtle change in the scenery. The leaves seem to have more colour here than anywhere else in the South in May. I swear I was not imagining this. As I drove into the heart of the town, there seemed to be more shops, more people, more life. Shops close past 10pm here, unlike smaller towns in the South that close by 6pm. Only then did it dawned on me what we had been missing while being on the road – civilization.
Granted, Queenstown is probably the most expensive town in the whole of South New Zealand, because it is where most of the tourist attractions can be found. But this is also the place to get your adrenaline fuelled, and your adventure bucket list checked off. Skydiving, jet boating, bungee jumping, paragliding… I was jumping on the inside at the prospect of trying them out!
But first, you’ve got to get your hands greasy with their famous Fergburger.
Give their bakery a shot too. It reminded me so much of typical French bakeries, that in every bite I took out of my croissant, I was oozing with glee.
14. Te Anau/ Milford Sound
We booked a cruise tour with Jucy. There are plenty of tour operators online or in Queenstown. Do note that some operators do not operate in winter.