Wanaka Travel Blog› entry 17 of 25 › view all entries
We really love Wanaka!
We chose to stop at Wanaka instead of Queenstown (where all the "adrenaline sports" fanatics go!) and we were not sorry. On the way into town, we went to the fantastic Puzzling World following a tip from one of Jeremy's colleagues (thanks Sue B!) - a giant maze and series of illusions. We must admit that the maze had us foxed - we were wandering around for ages trying to find each of the four corners, it took an hour and a half before we made it out! The illusion rooms were very strange as well - the Ames Room video of us was amazing - making Jeremy look 3 foot tall and Erica 9 foot!
Everything about Wanaka was very relaxed (like most places we have been to in NZ), but one really cool place we went to was Cinema Paradiso - a cinema that instead of the hard seating, every seat is a very comfy sofa and it takes it back to "ye tymes of olde" with a half-time break for a freshly baked cookie and locally brewed lager.
The excellent Aviation Museum was visited (not by Erica though) for a brilliant history of NZ's fighter squadrons. Sadly we are not here for the internationally renowned "Warbirds Over Wanaka" airshow in March.
The scenery around Lake Wanaka was (as you expect!) very beautiful. We took a trek (although went on the wrong path and parked in the wrong place, effectively giving us an hour and a bit to walk to even get to the start!) towards Mt Roy. THe most surprising thing was when we woke up on the day that we were leaving to see that there was a think carpeting of snow on the moutains that overshadowed Lake Wanaka - even the locals couldn't recall seeing anything like that in February before so it was a bit of a surprise for them as well.
We were sad to leave Wanaka, but we were looking forward to our trip further down to teh very South Western point - Fiordland and the Doubtful and Milford Sounds.