Ann's South Island Trip travel blog

Approaching weather in Wanaka

Very cool morning and when I stepped outside I saw why - snow on the Remarkables and Walter Peak, still 5degrees at 9.15!!

Hit the road shortly afterwards, heading ultimately for Wanaka with stops in Arrowtown and Cromwell for coffee and a look round. Arrowtown looking spectacular with all the autumn colour around, lots of amazing scenery enroute.

Elected not to take the Crown Range road as I was worried about snow and needing chains and pleased I didn't because the scenery thru the Gibbiston Valley and Kawarau gorge was amazing, very rugged, lots of autumn colour but easy driving.

Got to Wanaka, very touristy, very windy and all I could see was the huge weather system lurking above Mt Aspiring and looking like it was going to roar down the Lake any minute. The plan was to stay in Wanaka 1-2 nights then head over the Haast road to the West Coast but the forecast for the next few days looked pretty dire over that way on top of the rain thats already been so thought I'd change tack.

So turned around and headed back thru the amazing Central Otago landscape, beside big rivers and hydro lakes to end up in Alexandra. Found a nice camp to plug in and went for a wee walk along the Otago Rail Trail, just minutes away. That's the road I'll take tomorrow so check out a bit of history on the way and maybe end up in Timaru. Think I'll head up to Hamner and Kaikoura, they were my standby options if I had time and the weather looks much better up the East Coast. I've discovered its no fun traipsing around in the rain even with good wet weather gear on. I'm definitely a fair weather gal!!

No photos till tomorrow, got paid internet but no access on my phone to download them

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