Wanaka and Queenstown

From Franz Josef we moved on to Wanaka, a relaxed little town surrounded by mountains at the edge of a huge lake. We camped up high with stunning views across the lake. On day seventeen we headed off for the mountains by foot for a kiwi ‘tramp’ taking the Diamond Lake Track along the Rocky Mountain path. The weather turned colder that evening so we settled into the camper for a film night. The next day we left for Queenstown, driving along the Crown Range Road, which is the highest main road in New Zealand. In Queenstown we took the Gondola up to a viewpoint above the town – the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere and had a go on the luge track. We freedom camped in a cool spot right next to Lake Hayes for the night. On day nineteen we looked round the old gold mining town of Arrowtown. We hired mountain bikes and took the Queenstown river track crossing swing bridges and vineyards, finishing the trip with a glass of rosè and a pizza to share.