They say the walk around the shores of Lake Wanaka at this time of year is one of the most beautiful in the world, and I would have to agree - sunshine, blue sky, autumn leaves, a dusting of snow on the mountains and not a ripple on the lake - paradise!
Also the perfect time of year to enjoy many of the other walks around Wanaka, including some of the newly finished tracks. DOC has just announced the opening of Breast Hill Track above Lake Hawea. The new 18km track allows access to the summit of Breast Hill (1578m), from which you will be rewarded with panoramic views over Lake Hawea and the surrounding ranges. Breast Hill Track connects with the existing Timaru River track, forming a 30km loop, which takes 2-3 days to complete.
The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust has also begun work on two new extensions to the track network. A track will be built between the Lake Hawea foreshore and John's Creek as part of the Te Ararora pathway. And the Clutha River track will be extended from the Red Bridge through to Luggate Creek, linking Luggate to the track network and providing access to the Devil's Nook on the Clutha River. I did part of this walk in the weekend with the kids and it takes you to to a pretty impressive part of the river - we sat there and watched fish swimming past and just enjoyed peace! Make sure you pack your hiking shoes on your next trip here!
What's Coming Up
Another date to mark on your calendar is July 1st - 5th. This is the date of the 9th Mountain Film Festival. It features as many as 50 adventure films, including several world and New Zealand premieres, workshops, art displays, live music and an adventure trade show.
That's all for this week. Have a great week and remember to put your clocks back on Sunday - an extra hours sleep in! (somebody please remember to tell the kids).
Mandy, Wayne, Kylie and the Te Wanaka Lodge Team.