Fantastic Wanaka On A Central Otago Street Journey

Day three of my Central Otago highway journey didn’t begin nicely. Raining. Not precisely superb for the primary deliberate exercise of the day, tandem paragliding.

Though the solar broke by means of, the winds on close by Coronet Peak had been too sturdy. One other day maybe.

As a substitute it was off to Wanaka, a summer time and winter resort city that gazes out north over the eponymous lake to a variety of mountains in each shade of blue.

In comparison with the Wakatipu area additional south, centred on  Queenstown, this area has softer, extra rounded landforms.  Right here the traditional glaciers have achieved their work nicely, yielding a smoother, gentler panorama, contorted solely often the place tougher rocks have held out in opposition to the large grinding forces of the ice. Iconic Mt Aspiring is an efficient instance or this difficult rock resistance.

As elsewhere in Central Otago, the poplars and willows that line the lake’s edge render autumn a vibrant  time.

View of Mt Aspiring From Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka

View of Mt Aspiring From Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka

On condition that that is that “vibrant time” it was off round to Glendhu Bay, about 10km west of the township  from whence a number of the iconic Wanaka photographs have come. A motor camp stretches alongside the bay and never surprisingly it was chocker with camper vans and tents.

One other well-known Wanaka picture is the winery at Rippon Wines. My shot will not be fairly as much as one of the best of them, nevertheless it’s shut sufficient.

Rippon Vinyard, Wanaka

Rippon Vinyard, Wanaka

My digs for tonight and the subsequent had been at Wanaka Stonehouse, a BnB I discovered on BnBs will not be usually my gaff of selection, in reality that is in all probability the primary time I’ve stayed in a single for years. I’m only a bit uncomfortable residing in another person’s home, preferring the anonymity and privateness of a resort or motel.

Shouldn’t have anxious, Hosts Alan and Noeline made me really feel proper at dwelling with their congenial, relaxed method.

Having over-indulged the evening earlier than at The Cow in Queenstown – I actually ought to have left the final two or three items of that pizza nevertheless it was simply soooo good – I went in search of one thing a lot lighter and located it at Gusto, a Chinese language restaurant.

It was packed – all the time an excellent signal – however after all of the downtime by means of Covid lockdowns I believe the administration was taken unexpectedly staffing-wise. The poor lady on the desk was dealing with cellphone orders in between racing between tables, meals in hand, when she wasn’t clearing away dishes. She made the well-known one-armed paperhanger look sluggish.

Though it took some time it the meals was value wait. A vegetable soup chocker with still-crisp veges adopted by black pepper beef stir fry, I’m positive my intestine biome appreciated the change.

Again to the BnB and an excellent evening’s sleep on a really snug mattress.