Road Tripping around Lake Wanaka

After our first couple days in Queenstown, we hit the windy road in Hugo the Highlander (our rental car) and headed towards Lake Wanaka.


Our first stop was in Arrowtown- where we scoped out their old fashioned chocolate shops and cute boutiques.




Peak-a-boo pictures are always funny.  




Travis loves making me take photos in phone booths (ex. here).

Lake Wanaka is only an hour away from Queenstown, so it wasn’t long before we arrived in our second destination.


We followed recommendations and ate a delicious dinner at Francesca’s Italian before enjoying a night cap (of wine) back at our Air BnB.


The next morning there was only one thing on our agenda- Lake Pukaki. Before our trip Travis was looking at Google Earth and a startling blue lake jumped out at him. After further investigation we found out it was called Lake Pukaki. From what we could gather it really was as piercing a blue as it looked in pictures and also that it was highly underrated. It was a 2 hour drive from where we were so we loaded up on caffeine, started our audiobook (The Girl on the Train- SO good) and headed to find this mysterious lake.


It wasn’t too long before we had to stop and check out the scenery.


Lindy Point Overlook


We drove past several very blue rivers (or streams?) and knew we must be getting close.

When we turned the corner and saw this…


Apparently glaciers make REALLY blue lakes.


None of these pictures were edited whatsoever and honestly, we were disappointed that we couldn’t capture the brightness we saw in person.


We spent the rest of the afternoon in awe of this gorgeous glacial lake and it’s neighbor Lake Tekapo. I have many more pictures from both of the lakes and will be sharing them in their own post later on. For now I will just leave you with pictures from our drive back to Lake Wanaka because in New Zealand roadside scenery is a little different then we are used to.




As we pulled back into Lake Wanaka we were greeted with this beautiful sunset over the lake.



Not too shabby, New Zealand.

Next week marks our one year anniversary in Australia! Time has gone by SO quickly. I will be celebrating our expat-averssary on the blog by sharing what I have learned in the past year. See you then!

10 thoughts on “Road Tripping around Lake Wanaka

  1. Love these photos! The bright blue of the glacier lakes is incredible – I can absolutely believe the photos are unedited, the lakes are that blue in real life! I love New Zealand but haven’t visited this part before. It’s gorgeous and sounds like such a great trip. I can’t believe you guys have been in Aus a year next week!! How time flies! X

    • Looks like you will have to start planning a trip to this side of the world. 🙂

      Thanks, it was weird being over here for it but I did have a couple random Americans at our neighborhood festival wish me a happy 4th!

  2. Lindsay L Hess says:

    Okay New Zealand, we get it. You’re really really really ridiculously good looking. Now I want to go to there.

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