Sunday 7th October: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Gorgeous blue sky greeted this morning as we awoke ready for our long drive to Queenstown from Fox Glacier. We checked our having enjoyed our stay and started on the road early. The weather was lovely – with clear blue skies! But also very chilly and our car had frozen overnight for the first time. Our first stop on the road was Bruce Bay – which we stopped to take some pictures and also saw the sandstorm that was whipping up – it was quite impressive!
Next up was Knights Point Lookout where the views over the coast were brilliant and looked even better in the sunshine. We then stopped at Haast for a quick lunch break before we were back on the road again – stopping at various lay-bys for views of the mountains which was beautiful. The Blue Pools walk was a welcome stop further down the road – it was a 30 minute return walk to a lovely area known as the ‘Blue Pools’ where the water is a gorgeous blue colour. It involved crossing a few more swing bridges – although none were as crazy as the Wainui Falls one!!
The road then took us alongside Lake Wanaka which was stunning and we stopped to take some photos from some great lookout points. Leaving Lake Wanaka behind for a bit we came upon Lake Hawea – also very beautiful. Puzzling World was next on our list of stop points. Having visited here in 2006 we just stopped to enjoy some cake at their lovely cafe. We also captured a replica shot of my husband using their ‘unique’ toilets – that we also took back in 2006 – see pictures in the gallery below! A quick trip to Wanaka and lovely views of the lake followed. We then took the crazy Crown Range Road – a shortcut through to Queenstown and arrived at our wonderful Villa Del Lago apartment with an incredible view of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables! We now have a few days to enjoy Queenstown – including kiwis, lord of the rings and much more!