Via Wanaka and Haast
06.03.2017 14 °C
A day of ever changing wonder!
Leaving Queenstown we stopped at the beautiful Arrowtown for a coffee then continued through to Wanaka going through the peaks of Cardrona and Snow Farm ski fields. We climbed from 390m to 1098m above sea level getting out at the top to take in the view.
Wanaka was cold and windy but with sunshine so we fuelled up and kept going.
Lunch was at a little town before hitting the Haast Pass called Makarora Cafe .... we had the most amazing beef and vegetable pie!
Haast was so beautiful with the waterfalls and moss. We stopped at a waterfall on the side of the road with the old road bridge over the gorge. Such a dreary place re the weather but the foliage is worth it.
Fantail Falls was nice and we could not believe the amount of rock stacks from tourists - so we left a contribution!
Got through the pass to Haast! Welcome to the Westcoast! ☁️☁️☁️
Explored our way up to Fox Glacier, treating ourselves with some salmon pate at the local salmon farm half way up the coast. The salmon were huge!
Checked into our room at Fix Glacier then went and met the Glacier from afar..... an hour return walk to the Glacier these days and still 450m away from her due to rock falls etc. The shear size of the mountains and terrain is intimidating.
After the Glacier walk we decided to explore the area, finding a beach called Gillespie beach. It seems to be an old gold mining settlement. Was a nice drive in but short walk in the stoney beach before we were carried away by sandflies haha.
We settled for dinner at The White Pub in town after a frosty reception from the 'Cooks Saddle' across the road!! We made the right choice and dinner was amazing.
Heater is on tonight in our room! Time to cosy in and go to sleep!