Kirsty & Nick's New Zealand Adventure travel blog

Lindis Pass


The road to...Southern Alps

Lake Pukaki

Depart Wanaka: 4153 km (10.30)

Finally, and somewhat sadly, we had to say goodbye to Wanaka. We really enjoyed our time there and were sorry to leave, especially as the sun doesn't seem to want to shining there.

The drive to Mount Cook was pretty easy and took about 3 hours. The scenery of course changed with every passing hour, rolling green hills to tussock dessert to snow capped mountains and blue, blue lake water. The valleys here are enormous – at least a mile wide and so flat the mountains that poke up at either side look completely out of place.

It clouded over about an hour out of Wanaka, got very windy through the Lindis Pass and then started raining too.

We saw a convoy of amazing vintage cars driving towards us – there were over 60 of them of all shapes and sizes, mainly from the 50s and early 60s era I think.

We pulled into the Glentanner Camping Ground on Lake Pukaki around 15.30. The colour of the lake here truly has to be seen to be believed, it is so turquoise, absolutely exquisite.

It's a bit camp ground and we managed to find a nice quiet spot about 10 miles from the facilities (feels like) which are a bit dodgy.

Amazingly not long after that the rain turned to hail and then to snow! Not much of it stuck in the valley (some though) but the surrounding hills turned white almost instantly.

We locked ourselves in for the night, guzzled some wine and bacon sarnies, played some cards and did some reading.

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