Of course, the weather the following day was glorious after our wet Milford Sound experience. Driving in a car and gawking over the incredible Southern views was the best way to properly dry out.
On the way to Wanaka, we stopped at a gorgeous lake and had fun skipping stones in the still water.
Wanaka is a cozy little resort town located on a lake with views of snowcapped Mountains. It is known for being the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and its close proximity to some of New Zealand’s biggest ski resorts.
For us, Wanaka was a “must do” because of the famous Roy’s Peak day hike, which has its pictures highlighted all over Instagram and New Zealand’s tourism websites. The track led you up the front of a mountain through farmlands. Driving around New Zealand and seeing sheep all of the time made me really want to cuddle with one. While we were climbing up the mountain, I tried to use my sheep luring powers to get close to them, but I had no luck. I am definitely no “sheep whisperer.”
As we kept climbing up, the view of the lake would magically get better.
After 2 hours of climbing, with the peak teasing us by never seeming to get closer, the hike really started to drag on. But, when we reached the vista it was totally worth it.
We hung out on the top for awhile and watched the sun move across the horizon. Luca and I entertained ourselves with a grass sword fight.
On the way back down, we made sure to stop by and take the classic New Zealand photo opportunity overlooking the lake.
All in all, it was an incredible hike. Blue skies and crisp, but warm temperatures kept us in good spirits. We all agreed that it was our favorite aerial view in New Zealand.