Haast to Lake Wanaka

I left Haast to drive to the town of Wanaka, on the southern shore of Lake Wanaka; it was a lovely, leisurely drive, through the type of beautiful scenery that I have become accustomed to since I arrived in New Zealand……………..

Soon after leaving Haast, on the now familiarly deserted condition of highway 6, heading inland towards the heavily forested Mount Aspiring National Park…………………………

The imaginatively  named “Fish river” which runs alongside Highway 6 for several kilometers…………………………………….

I stopped in Mount Aspiring National Park to take a forest walk to the aptly named blue pools; to get to the pools it was necessary to cross this very bouncy suspension bridge…….stopping to take this photo meant that by the time I walked onto the bridge, 2 pie-eating champions were coming towards me, causing the bridge to rise and fall at an alarming rate, I think I lost my composure and grabbed one of the hand rails……………

Blue pools, taken from another, shorter and consequently more stable suspension bridge, you can probably recognise my shadow on the right……………….

 

 

 

Soon after driving out of Mount Aspiring National Park, the northern end of lake Wanaka appears on the right hand side of Highway 6, and stays there for several kilometers…….

Highway 6 curves left and turns away from lake Wanaka, but before you get over the disappointment of losing that particular vista, Lake Hawea suddenly appears on the left of the Highway, and stays there for some 20 odd kilometers, to its southernmost shore…………………..below

If a lake of such beauty and wonderfully clear, clean water was located in most other places in the world, it would probably be populated by power boats, sailing dingy’s and those awful jet-skis things, not here, thank you very much, just nature’s aesthetic………..

 

Above and below, the road that turns off of Highway 6 and delivers you into the lovely little lakeside town of Wanaka……………………

And finally, below, a few shots from the lakeside in Wanaka……………….

 

Permanently fixed sun parasol ………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Haast to Lake Wanaka

  1. Are you sure you are not using a rosé coloured lens for these shots! What will make you want to leave!

    • I’m probably viewing everything in NZ through rose-tinted eyes, it’s easy to do………!!

    • Thanks Nick………yeah, Tree and yourself would love it here……you could have an allotment the size of north Wales…..