Te Waka a Maui #6 - A Week in Wanaka

My cousin Ian and his wife Chrissy joined us for a week that we spent in Wanaka, in Otago. We rented a house in Albert Town, near to the Clutha River.

On Saturday we picked them up from Queenstown Airport, under the stern gaze of the 3 Maori chiefs guarding the entrance, and took them back to Wanaka over the Cadrona Pass. We lunched at the Cadrona Pub, with its attendant antique roadsters, "funny" cycles, and stuffed boar's head. - then drove on to Albert Town and took a walk along the Clutha River.

It was a very full week. Sunday Market in Wanaka, then a magnificent hike to the Rob Roy Glacier, up the Matukituki valley (past the Treble Cone ski area that our son James skied so enthusiastically in 2005). Monday a trip to Queenstown - including fulfillment of an old ambition to ride on the "Earnslaw", the lake steamer that has served Lake Wakatiipu since 1912. A quiet Tuesday (to recover!) but a quick visit nonetheless to the New Zealand Fighter Pilot's Museum, and the Toy Museum, both at Wanaka Airport.

Back to hiking on Wednesday - this time the eastern end of the Routeburn Track, from near the head of Lake Wakatipu's north arm. And then a very hot final day taking it easy in Wanaka.

That was a wonderful week.

Click on a photo for a larger image and a slide show.

  • 01 The Greeters  at Queenstown Airport
    01 The Greeters at Queenstown Airport
  • 02 Crown Range Road from Queenstown to Cadrona
    02 Crown Range Road from Queenstown to Cadrona
  • 03 Classic Car at Cadrona Hotel
    03 Classic Car at Cadrona Hotel
  • 04 Funny Cycles outside the Cadrona Hotel
    04 Funny Cycles outside the Cadrona Hotel
  • 05 Tasteful Decor at Cadrona Hotel
    05 Tasteful Decor at Cadrona Hotel
  • 06 The ranges east of Albert Town
    06 The ranges east of Albert Town
  • 07 Clutha River near Albert Town
    07 Clutha River near Albert Town
  • 08 Lakeside at Wanaka
    08 Lakeside at Wanaka
  • 09 Mugshot at Wanaka Sunday Market
    09 Mugshot at Wanaka Sunday Market
  • 10 Beadstall at Wanaka  Sunday Market
    10 Beadstall at Wanaka Sunday Market
  • 11 Teapot Whimsy at Wanaka Sunday Market
    11 Teapot Whimsy at Wanaka Sunday Market
  • 12 Matukituki Valley  near Mt Aspiring
    12 Matukituki Valley near Mt Aspiring
  • 13 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    13 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 14 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    14 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 15 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    15 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 16 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    16 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 17 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    17 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 18 Rob Roy's Glacier in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    18 Rob Roy's Glacier in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 19 Rob Roy's Glacier in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    19 Rob Roy's Glacier in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 20 Rob Roy's Glacier in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    20 Rob Roy's Glacier in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 21 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    21 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 22 Butterfly in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    22 Butterfly in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 23 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
    23 Rob Roy's Glacier track in Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • 24 Taking the air  without a coat
    24 Taking the air without a coat
  • 25 Cruising on Lake Hayes
    25 Cruising on Lake Hayes
  • 26 The  Double Headed Duck on Lake Hayes
    26 The Double Headed Duck on Lake Hayes
  • 27 The steamship Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu
    27 The steamship Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu
  • 28 The steamship Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu
    28 The steamship Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu
  • 29 Retired from the Americas Cup on Lake Wakatipu
    29 Retired from the Americas Cup on Lake Wakatipu
  • 30 Walter Peak Station from the Earnslaw
    30 Walter Peak Station from the Earnslaw
  • 31 Walter Peak Station from the Earnslaw
    31 Walter Peak Station from the Earnslaw
  • 32 Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown
    32 Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown
  • 33 The steamship Earnslaw from the Skyline Chalet
    33 The steamship Earnslaw from the Skyline Chalet
  • 34 Aircraft display at the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum
    34 Aircraft display at the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum
  • 35 Waiting for a car at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
    35 Waiting for a car at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
  • 36 Waiting for a car at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
    36 Waiting for a car at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
  • 37 Have another at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
    37 Have another at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
  • 38 I had too much at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
    38 I had too much at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
  • 39 Chasing tails at the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum
    39 Chasing tails at the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum
  • 40 On Guard at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
    40 On Guard at the Wanaka Transport and Toys Museum
  • 41 Lake Wakatipu North Arm
    41 Lake Wakatipu North Arm
  • 42 Near Glenorchy Lake Wakatipu North Arm
    42 Near Glenorchy Lake Wakatipu North Arm
  • 43 Near Glenorchy Lake Wakatipu North Arm
    43 Near Glenorchy Lake Wakatipu North Arm
  • 44 Jetboat Tour on Dart River
    44 Jetboat Tour on Dart River
  • 45 On the Routeburn track
    45 On the Routeburn track
  • 46 On the Routeburn track
    46 On the Routeburn track
  • 47 On the Routeburn track
    47 On the Routeburn track
  • 48 Lunchtime On the Routeburn track
    48 Lunchtime On the Routeburn track
  • 49 On the Routeburn track
    49 On the Routeburn track
  • 50 On the Routeburn track
    50 On the Routeburn track
  • 51 On the Routeburn track
    51 On the Routeburn track
  • 52 On the Routeburn track
    52 On the Routeburn track
  • 53 Clutha River near Albert Town
    53 Clutha River near Albert Town