Lake Wanaka: Highlights from Natasha's trip
A few weeks ago, Natasha from the Yourdrive team was lucky enough to trade a week in the Yourdrive office, for a week in Wanaka. Below are some highlights of her trip, all made possible through renting Cam's awesome Toyota.
Skiing up Mount Cardrona
First stop in Queenstown was to pick up our Yourdrive car from Cam - who lives walking distance from the town centre - making this a breeze.
What better way to start off our holiday in Wanaka than a day up the mountain. We loaded up the car and drove the 40 minutes South of Wanaka along Cardrona Valley Road and up to Cardrona Alpine Resort for a day on the slopes.
Cadrona is renowned amongst the skiing community as being more of a beginner mountain. For me being, let's say, not much of a "ski bum" this was perfect. After a day of skiing we stopped off at the iconic Cardrona Hotel for some well deserved snacks.
Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the Blue Pools
An early brunch at the popular Kai Whakapai in Wanaka meant not only did we miss the crowds but still had a full day ahead of us for activities. Kai Whakapai translates to "food made good" so no review of our experience needed here.
With sore muscles from skiing the day before we opted to start the the day with a relaxing scenic drive. Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka lie parallel to each other with State Highway 6 running between them, providing awesome views for a car ride. We drove along SH6 for around an hour before stopping at the Blue Pools. A short 10 minute walk from the carpark leads you down to a swing bridge over looking the crystal clear pools. The water looked almost tempting enough for a swim, but the icy cold temperature made us decide otherwise.
Rob Roy Track, Mount Aspiring National Park
Mount Aspiring National Park is located North-West of Wanaka in the Southern Alps and is abundant with rivers, mountains and glaciers. Whether you’re after a short day walk to a waterfall or a multi-day hike through the mountains, this is the place. We picked the Rob Roy Track, a 3 to 4 hour or 10km long walking track located an hours drive out of Wanaka. The walk starts off through farmland before crossing over a swing bridge above the West Matukituki River. You then follow the Rob Roy stream steeply up through the forest. The track ends with spectacular views of the Rob Roy Glacier, a perfect lunch spot! Not only does this walk have great views but their are plenty of Keas around, these inquisitive birds are often seen playing in the valley.
Sadly, the week came to an end and it was time to the drop Cam's car back and head home. On the way to the airport we managed to squeeze in one last stop, Fergburger. As the name suggests they are famous for their burgers, with lines out the door at all hours of the day. My thumbs up goes instead to their Pork belly and apple pie, yum!
Thanks to Cam for renting me his awesome Toyota, perfect for a week exploring around Wanaka! For anyone visting Queenstown soon I highly recommend his car.
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