From Lake Matheson we drove south to the Haast River – a huge outflow that would be amazing to see in the spring when full of melt-water.
Then it was up the Haast River valley we went to Lake Wanaka, stopping at a few places to enjoy the amazing views on this sunny and calm day.
After arriving in the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka, checking into my hostel and enjoying a cold drink on the sun-soaked beach, I did the hour hike up Mount Iron for some sunset views of the surrounding countryside. A perfect end to a perfect day!
The following day turned very windy, so instead of doing a big mountain hike as planned, I had a more leisurely day – doing a shorter walk to the Rippon Vineyard, which is located on the hillside overlooking the lake. Great views & great wine!