We left Lake Tekapo early so we could take some side tracks and drive up towards Aoraki (Mount Cook) and also Lake Wanaka. Unfortunately the mornings have been cloudy, so until around midday we didnt get a clear view of the mountains. Aoraki was shrouded in the clouds and we could barely tell which one is was, but it was an interesting drive none the less.

We arrived at Lake Wanaka for our lunch break stop, and decided to try the Puzzling World. This is an interesting attraction, that is probably best done with kids, but we enjoyed ourselves. They have a large wooden fence maze, with a challenge to reach towers at each corner. It took us at least 45 minutes to complete, with loads of other happily frustrated people wandering through.


We drove from Lake Wanaka to Queesntown via the Crown Ranges. This was a beautiful drive, but there was a very windy road, with switchbacks on the way down in to the valley that Arrow Town and Queenstown are in.

We found our hotel in Queenstown with out much trouble, and unpacked all our gear and setup. Afterward we relaxed on the deck to enjoy the view. Below is the view across the Lake Wakatipu to Cecil Peak and following that the view of the Remarkables

Room View 1
Room View 2

After we checked out the view and unwound from the drive we walked in to town to see what the local pubs and restaurants had to offer. They have all sorts of places in the one spot near the water from Irish bars, to posh bars where the staff are to good for you.  We cant wait to try some of them out.