Wanaka, the first city on what I’ll call the “Beautiful Mountainous Region of New Zealand” chapter of our journey. We had already seen and drove through the mountains, however this town really felt like a gateway to the area. We didn’t take many photos of the town itself, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t picturesque. It had a charming “ski village” feel to it, and we always enjoyed walking around at the end of the day. It also had a very nice iSite that gave every little bit of information about the many trails and hikes around the area.
There was a freak snowstorm a few days before we arrived, and the surrounding mountains looked like someone had sprinkled icing sugar on them, making for some very majestic looking scenery.