We left Te Anau early and headed to Queenstown. Wow. The busiest place in all of South Island without a doubt. It was packed with tourists who looked like they just came from the snow (but it was summer). We wandered around a little. Tried to get some Ferg Burger but the line was ridiculously long, I’m talking halfway down the street. The place is open until 5am every day and they don’t get quiet til 3am (not even kidding), so we skipped that and got some treats from Ferg Bakery instead (delightful).
We booked a Shotover Jet ride the day prior and got a spot at 3pm. It wasn’t as scary as imagined but it was really fun, super fast through the Shotover canyon. I would highly recommend. Our driver was Jeremy (only been doing it for 6 months) but he was brilliant. It’s pricey $290 for 2 people, but everything is about that price in Queenstown.
Next we drove up to Glenorchy (really only so I could take a photo of the cute little boatshed, which ended up not being very exciting at all) but the drive itself was gorgeous and got some great shots of Lake Wakatipu. We then headed to Lake Wanaka as the sun was going down along Crown Range Road. Super super disappointed I didn’t have a chance to get any pics looking back towards Queenstown because the view was epic, probably better views than Lindis Pass or Arthurs Pass in my opinion.
That night we stayed at Lake Outlet Holiday Park in Wanaka. The next day we checked out the famous tree, and took a photo, because that’s what you do. We then headed to Haast Pass and the famous Blue Pools, which were amazing-ly freezing! Watched some crazy people jump off and then come up and swim as fast as they could to the shore. Then we went to Thunder Creek Falls and Fantail Falls.
From there we drove to Haast, possibly the tiniest town in South Island, and immediately left (after grabbing snacks of course) and headed up to Fox Glacier. We didn’t do the 90 minute walk as it was raining and getting dark, so we stayed there the night at the Top 10 Holiday Park. Excellent facilities.
You might notice we have been staying in a lot of Top 10’s throughout the journey. This isn’t a wise option if you are on a budget (we were supposed to be) as most places were between $40 and $60 depending on your location. But they usually had good facilities, wifi, we could get a powered site, do a wash, and close to town.