Day 8 - Wanaka
We we woke up and the fog had lifted a little and it was time to visit my tree again. I went down and there was the usual 15-20 people taking selfies and images of the tree with at least 6 nations supported.
After a short visit to the tree we ventured off to the Warbirds & Wheels museum at Wanaka airport. This is a great way to spend a few hours and the cafe has an open fire which is very welcoming as the temperature outside was about - 2. The museum has a great selection of old cars and aircraft and has some wonderful information about the war effort by the NZ nation and the sacrifices that were made. There is a few Studebaker's there as well and the story goes that when they were build the average car price was under a $1000 and the Studibaker's were $17000,00 and were also selling during the stock market crash. Must have been nice to have that sort of scratch back in those days. For the millennial's that are reading, scratch means money :)
If you are going into the hanger where the displays are, make sure you rug if going in winter as it's very cold in there.
After a few hours and cappuccino's were on our way back to a walking track that goes up to Iron Hill which is just across the road from Puzzling World which is also a great attraction to visit if you are in the area. My wife and Son ventured off on the 90 minuet return circuit as my back was giving me grief by this time of the day and gave me time to copy images from my SD cards to the hard drive.
After they returned we again went back into Wanaka and yes, back to the tree!!
After a quick visit to the supermarket, we drove the 10 minuets to our DOC camp at Albert Town which cost $10 per adult and $3,50 for kids per night. I has a toilet block and there is plenty of room to park up and stay away from others. I think the temp gout down to -5 that night but the gas heater in the motor home managed to keep the cold at bay till we turned the lights out.
Day 9 - Wanaka to Mt Cook turnoff
Today we headed towards one of most loved areas of NZ, Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier. The drive took us over the Lindis Pass at which point we were very excited to see some snow as it is usually there at this time of the year. As we approached the summit of the pass we quickly realised that in fact there was no snow there at all and had not been for some time. We drove down of the Lindis Pass after a walk around the summit and pulled off to the side of the road just before we got to Omarama and prepared lunch while our Son made a rock pile like a lot of other's have done in this area.
We filled up with fuel at Omarama and headed for our free camp which is at the end of Lake Pukaki and just north of the turn off to Mt Cook. In this same area there is an information centre/shop and big car park that has toilets and is a good vantage point to see Mt Cook. On this particular day it was as clear as a bell and we were hoping for the same weather tomorrow.
This is the sunset we had from our free camp looking towards Mt Cook.
Day 10 - Mt Cook - Lake Tekapo.