After we conquered the glacial frontier, it was on to lake country. We continued south to Lake Wanaka and Central Otago, where we spent a couple of days before proceeding to Queenstown for the next phase of our trip. Of course, the drive continued to amaze with coast line, waterfalls and lakes along the way.
Lake Wanaka was one of our favorite spots along the journey, and we only regretted not having a day or two longer to enjoy it. We kicked-off our arrival in the quaint town with a wine tasting at Rippon Vineyard. The grounds are stunning, perched on a hill overlooking the lake.
The spectacular weather continued, and so we spent our second day hiking along the lake until Derek couldn’t resist jumping in the frigid water. It was here that we also first encountered Monteith’s beer, produced by a South Island craft brewery. While we expected to have plenty of amazing wines, the local brew was a surprising treat, and I drank my share of the Summer Ale.
Leaving Lake Wanaka, we spent an afternoon in wine country and enjoyed a lovely lunch spread at Mt. Difficulty.