Wanaka is a charming lakeside town with plenty of activities on offer. It feels like a smaller, more relaxed version of Queenstown and was particularly beautiful when we visited in May as the autumn colours were really vivid. On the drive over from Oamaru we stopped off at the Elephant Rocks, which are huge boulders that featured in The Chronicles of Narnia films. It was fun spending half an hour or so scrambling and climbing up over the rocks.
In Wanaka we hiked up to Roy’s peak which was a really steep 5 hour walk. It was probably our toughest climb so far, but we had great views looking out over Lake Wanaka and the snow capped Mount Aspiring.
We also did some back country horse riding on Appaloosa (Native Indian) horses in the stunning Cardrona Valley. Neither of us have ridden much before, but we really enjoyed it and it’s and definitely something we’d like to do again!
Next stop: Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers, New Zealand