Today, I'd like to share with you how I spent my memorable week in Wanaka, a not too busy little town adjacent to Lake Wanaka and close to Mount Aspiring National Park.
On my first morning, I decided to do the Roy's Peak Track.
Even though it starts very close to the city center and is supposedly one of the most frequented tracks in New Zealand, I found it very enjoyable and didn't have the feeling that it was overly crowded.
I'll probably talk more about that at a later stage. So far I can say that once you skip those 30-120 minute short walks that are flooded by mostly Chinese tourists ( despite no more flights coming in from China due to the corona-virus), you are usually rewarded with scenic tracks on which you sometimes don't encounter other humans for quite some time.
Coming back to Roy's Peak Track, I can say that it gives you a great overview of Lake Wanaka and other lakes and mountains around it.
It took me around four and a half hours return, which made for a nice half-day track in the morning and some good workout since it is somewhat steep in certain parts of it.
The next few days, I mainly spent around Wanaka, exploring its variety of nice little cafes and doing some short walks around the shoreline of Lake Wanaka.
And of course, I also visited the famous Wanaka Tree! But the weather wasn't that famous during my visit...
Towards the end of my week in Wanaka, I went for a trip to Mount Aspiring National Park. I went to see the Blue Pools, which were very busy since it's only a ten-minute walk. But I decided to continue on the Young Valley track where I couldn't spot anyone else for a long time after passing some small groups in the beginning.
Follow me next week, where my journey continues in Queenstown and its surrounding areas!