This was a challenging but incredible hike Danielle and I did. We started early in the morning before sunrise to try and beat the heat, but the sun eventually caught up with us about 1/2 way up. It was a pretty steep incline the whole way up, and there is no tree coverage at all, so it was HOT. The beginning was a bit discouraging, as the first 3 people that we passed were on their way back down and told us that they weren't able to reach the top because it was too difficult. We were exhausted, but determined, and we climbed all 5,177 feet up to the top! The incredible 360 degree view at the summit made it all worth it :)
We made it!
Not the best heel-stretch I've ever pulled, but the view here was amazing and it wasn't even at the very top yet!
We stopped to see this lake on our way into town on the first day.
This is a huge lake right near the center of Wanaka. I came here to swim right after our big hike at Roy's Peak, and the cool water felt SO GOOD!
Wanaka is a darling town in the southern part of New Zealand's South Island. I love that it is surrounded by mountains and has two huge lakes. The town center is nice as well, filled with lots of shops, restaurants, and pubs. Danielle and I found a great bakery that sells their pies (meat pies, not dessert pies) 2 for $4.30 (which is crazy cheap in New Zealand!) in the afternoons, so we made frequent trips there for a cheap dinner. We also found a few nice pubs where we listened to live music and tried some local brews.
Setting up camp for the night
Speight's Summit Lager - smooth, crisp, and refreshing!
We hiked to this lake on our last day in Wanaka. It was a pretty short hike, but felt difficult because we were so sore from Roy's Peak the day before.
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