Jan 08

Day 16: Hokitika, Wanaka, Hawea to Queenstown

by in Accommodation NZ, New Zealand Travel, Sightseeing NZ

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We checked out of the Beachside Motel at 9 am and grabbed some breakfast in the main street near the clock tower. Hokitika is where most of NZ’s greenstone is mined and sculpted into jewellery and other objets d’art. We visited a large showroom and bought some presents for friends.

The car needed petrol and took $99.59 worth at the BP station.

Clock tower, Hokitika

Clock tower, Hokitika

New Zealand has so many photogenic locations that the local councils don’t always provide a “Lookout” from where you can take photos. We passed many places where we felt that the most photogenic location had gone past and a better one was not going to appear.

Lake Ianthe is one of these places. We passed a spot where a shot of the last snow on the Southern Alps reflected on the still lake against a blue sky would have been a great photograph, but it was not to be. We stopped at the boat ramp but the mountains are not in view from that place.

Lake Ianthe

Lake Ianthe

Franz Josef Glacier was nice to view from the highway, as we didn’t have time to spend a day there to see it properly. You can’t really see all of NZ in three weeks, but we are seeing many places that we didn’t when we lived here.

Fox Glacier can’t be seen from the main road, so it will remain unseen by us for now.

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

Confluence of Haast and Landsborough Rivers

Confluence of Haast and Landsborough Rivers

Lake Wanaka stretches for 45 km and is one of the many beautiful sights we saw. Lots of cars ahead of us drove below the speed limit to take in the views or to stop for a photo, but we didn’t mind and did the same.

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

A little later, as Lake Wanaka disappeared from view on the right, Lake Hawea appeared on the left. More photos. A little later, Lake Wanaka and the town of Wanaka showed up again. A Sunday driver had ventured out a day too soon and frustrated many others behind them, but we took it all in our stride.

 

Lake Hawea

Lake Hawea

Lake Wanaka from Wanaka township

Lake Wanaka from Wanaka township

Arrival in Queenstown

We arrived in Queenstown around 5 pm, checked in at the Earnslaw Lodge and went into town for some souvenir shopping and a Thai meal. The night was cold, quite a relief after perspiring  in our motel beds for the past two weeks.

 

Earnslaw Lodge

Our room in Earnslaw Lodge

View from Earnslaw Lodge

View from the car park of Earnslaw Lodge

 

Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu

 

Queenstown Mall

Queenstown Mall

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