Day 6: Franz Joseph to Wanaka

Today we woke up super early and  headed to Lake Matherson in an attempt to capture the perfect photograph of snow-capped Mount Cook reflected in the dark waters. At Lake Matherson, nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand’s highest peaks – Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman. The views are better in the early morning, before the wind picks up. Needless to say they didn’t disappoint.

Post walk, we headed to Peters Pool, which provides magical reflections of Franz Joseph Glacier.

We weren’t able to get very close to the Glacier, as its eroding so fast, most of the area is now protected to preserve what is left. But we did take a few pictures from the Glacier base.




The drive from Franz to Wanaka took about 3 hours. We had to have a pit stop before we hit the road, as I still hadn’t had a coffee (it was 2pm!), so needless to say I was starting to get a bit grouchy.

We got to Wanaka about 6.45pm and headed straight to the ski shop to get kitted out for a day at Cardrona. Given I haven’t been skiing for over 10 years, this could be interesting!!

For dinner, we headed to Francesca’s Italian Kitchen, a cosy little diner at the heart of Wanaka. It would be rude if we didn’t order their speciality dish, so we dined on Polenta Chips and  Gnocchi with braised beef cheeks. It was EPIC!

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