Kiwi Adventures – Day 6
Day 6 started at Lake Dunstan with more autumn gold in the early morning sunshine, and then along State Highway 6, on towards Fox Glacier via Wanaka & Haast.
Breakfast stop was Wanaka. We had enjoyed our first visit a few days before so this was another opportunity to explore the town. Sitting at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, one of the largest lakes in NZ, it’s a popular stopping point for tourists with some interesting shops & restaurants and quite an arty vibe.
There are a number of art installations dotted around the town. This rather interesting metal sculpture attracted my attention.
We had read in the local paper about some yarn-bombing locally and the latest work to appear on a Stop sign in the town. A few enquiries in local shops pointed us rapidly to it’s location. The unknown yarnbomber has been dubbed ‘Knitsy’ (like Banksy… Yes it took me a few minutes too!)
Continuing on SH6 we spotted a great derelict building in a field that we had to stop and photograph (the first of many…)
More Otago autumn colour and some brilliant mountain rivers heading to Haast.
Beyond Haast the road is quite densely bordered by rain forest for much of the route but opens out to reveal the coast and a long beach where visitors have written messages on the white pebbles. There are hundreds of them.
Finally, Fox Glacier Township around 75 miles drive from Haast with no towns in between. (We realised this when we nearly ran out of fuel…)
Next up Day 7 with lots more rusty, crusty things to photograph, a visit to the most famous ‘mirror’ lake and a walk up to the glacier face.
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