The South Island of New Zealand is known for its impressive scenery that varies from ice blue lakes to mountainous vistas. While I was on my road trip through the South Island, I sometimes had to look at the scenery from different angles to make sure it wasn’t fake – it is that picturesque.
Queenstown is perhaps the most popular spot for tourists and adrenaline junkies to go, and one of the most most well known towns of New Zealand. Wanaka is a mere hour northeast from Queenstown and has created its own name for itself as a spot to go see in the South Island.
Wanaka tourism has been built up enough now to be packed on summer weekends by tourists, a fact I experienced for myself while I was in town. In other seasons, you can still see a sleepy town that just happens to have a stunning landscape to inspire even the most bedraggled pessimistic traveler in us.
This is why you should make a stop over to the town of Wanaka on a South Island road trip, or even why you should decide to stay awhile to see the lovely seasonal changes that occur in the area – especially with the switch to autumn.
Lake Wanaka (and Lake Hawea)
The best attribute of Wanaka in my mind is the lake that the town surrounds, but maybe that’s because I’m partial to cool bodies of water, especially when they look like this.
(Photo via Flickr)
When we passed around Lake Hawea on our way into town, I lost my train of thought, trailing off into silence as I took in the view before me. Lake Hawea has to be the most reflective and gorgeous lake I have seen. Again, I had to pinch myself to make sure what I was looking at was actually real.
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