Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wanaka, New Zealand

Let me show you this place I never knew existed, and am really glad I discovered. 

Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand.

Surrounded by mountains and situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, this town of at least 7,000 people.. only.. almost made us decide to migrate to this paradise.

Lake Hawea, New Zealand

It is 1.25 hours away from Queenstown, but we drove from Franz Josef Glacier which is 3.5 hours away.

Passing by Lake Hawea.. what a beauty!

Lake Hawea, New Zealand

Almost there, and a rainbow says hello :)

Puzzle World Wanaka New Zealand

We're here! 

Let's have some fun for a short while at Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World.

Puzzle World Wanaka

These old men could not take their eyes off me! 
(It doesn't show properly in the picture though.)

At the Hall of Following Faces.

Puzzle World Wanaka

Nature calls.. Taking a dump with the guys.. haha! ;)

At the Roman-Style Toilets.

Puzzle World Wanaka

Time to get lost.. but please do not enter this labyrinth if you have limited time. The achiever in you will just get stressed ;)

At the The Great Maze.

Lake Wanaka New Zealand Summer

And now.. my dream paradise awaits.

Lake Wanaka New Zealand

Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. 

Yes, this is the town.

Don't you just envy those two? Lying on the sand.. Reading a book..

Lake Wanaka New Zealand Sunset

Waiting for this sunset!

Ok.. the tree blocked my sun.. but it is there, you can see right?! :)

Lake Wanaka New Zealand Twilight

Twilight.. How darkness can be so beautiful!

Wanaka New Zealand

Good morning!

When we were on our way to Wanaka through the Haast Pass, we passed by a sign that says 
"To Blue Pools"

We did not know what it was, so we didn't stop. When we got to the hostel, we googled pictures of it, and knew we had to go back the next day.

Blue Pools New Zealand

Only a 30 minute drive away.. and here I am, trying to be one with them.. whoever piled up all these rocks :)

Blue Pools New Zealand

The glacier-fed icy cold water in these pools has a distinctive blue colour. 

Blue Pools Haast Pass

It is so clear that the swimming trouts look like they are suspended in the air.

Blue Pools Haast Pass

The Blue Pools.

Lesson learned - If there's a sign, just stop! Check it out, and have no regrets! 

Wanaka New Zealand

Now let's go back to town. 

Gosh, it's really so pretty!

Cinema Paradiso Wanaka

Time to have a movie date at their classic Cinema Paradiso.

Cinema Paradiso Wanaka

Where you can choose to sit on.. a car seat inside that yellow car, a lounge chair, a couch, an airplane chair... and eat freshly baked cookies and home made ice cream.


Wanaka Engagement New Zealand

Back to Lake Wanaka for some precious moments :)

Wanaka Engagement New Zealand

Since we were already engaged, and we knew we would be coming to this amazing location, we hired Swedish photographer Fredrik Larsson for a 2 hour pre-wedding photo shoot.

Wanaka Engagement New Zealand

He would just leave us to cuddle and be natural.. but we were shy.. haha! :P

Wanaka Helicopter New Zealand

It was our first time to ride a helicopter, and the reason for our now addiction to helicopters.

Lake Wanaka Aerial View

Aerial view of the Wanaka township.

Mount Roy Helicopter Ride

Landed at Mt. Roy.

Mount Roy Lake Wanaka

At the peak, overlooking Lake Wanaka.

How can you not be so happy to be here?! :)

Mount Roy Lake Wanaka

Loving every second of this moment.

Mount Roy Lake Wanaka

And now you understand why Wanaka has a special place in my heart :)


Full Trip Itinerary and Budget - New Zealand - North Island to South Island Road Trip Itinerary

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