Tuesday, 8 February 2011

A Kiwi Break - Wanaka-Mt. Cook-Fairlie

OK, the next pit-stop was Wanaka. It is a town north-east of Queenstown on the Lake Wanaka. Yes, another Lake. Here we spent the night before pushing off for Mt. Cook the following morning. The reason for Wanaka: the scenic route offers hubby hair-pin bends and narrow roads to test the Corolla by. Not to mention the views.

The "scenic" shorter route

You can see the easier but longer route in the centre of the pic

At Wanaka we chanced upon an Indian restaurant serving halal fare, so we had our fill of hot nans, paratha, RICE, veg and meat curries

Lake Wanaka

Wanaka, from our room at the Wanaka Heights Motel



En route to Mt Cook:


First a break at a roman toilet! This was at "Puzzling World" just outside the town

Stark landscape

This is Lake Pukapi

No proper picnic spots there. We simply stopped by the roadside
for a lunch of bread, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, and salad

Driving across a dry creek

Snow-capped Mt. Cook in the distance

A 30 min walk to get a closer look

Kea Point - the lookout point

In the foreground is part of the 13km long Mueller Glacier

On the road to Fairlie - flat terrain now


We were fairly pooped when we arrived in the evening.

6 comments:

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Phew! No more speeding fines, at least. hehehe... Awesome scenery, Aunty Zen. Nanti pujuk Mama pergi lagi. purrrr.....meow!

nurazzah8 said...

Kak Zen...cantikkkkknya...tapi gambar kat Roman toilet tu mula2 saya ingat betul lah...bila lihat betul2..rupa2nya gambar !!! ...cis...tipah tertipu! hehehe

Red Alfa said...

@nurazzah8

Nampak tak jari telunjuk kanan Munie itu menunjuk kemana?!!

Wan Sharif said...

Nice pictures, beautiful scenery .. ahh jealous nya saya

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Zendra, wow! Love your pics.....I guess NZ in many ways look like Canada too.....as well the names, like Canada, mostly Native names.

Hey....I really love that Roman toilet. Holy Smoke!
You mean that is what it was long ago?
Doing ha ha, downloading in full view of everyone same time chatting about what Emperor Nero or Brutus was doing? Ha ha. Or who Cleopatra fooling around with?

Love your roadside picnic. There's no h'ways restaurant stops? No cops dropped by?

You know, I really love the lifestyle you and hubby lead. Wayyyyy to go, Zendra.....
Have fun, stay young and keep a song in your hearts, Lee.

Zendra-Maria said...

Hi Lee, hubby needed a break from work and I think we made the right holiday choice. South Island is a different world for us, the desolateness, the splendid views and fresh air, and the friendly people...

I thought that roman toilet feature was good too, everything was communal back then I suppose - toilets, baths, spas, ovens? Oh, and each one of them in the picture carries a kind of fur brush to clean themselves with after the "deed"...

Thanks for dropping by Lee, it's been a while... hahaha