First a few comments and pictures of our stay at the Hot Tubs in Omarama.

Next door to the Hot Tubs were these large All Black supporters.

all black 2  all black

In the evening we were greeted by a brilliant sky


And those pictures you have all awaited with bated breath

herHer in tub

himHim in tub

throughthe steamView from Tub through steam

parked at hot tubsParked at Omarama


After waking late this morning, Monday (damn daylight saving), it was not long before we headed off over the Lindis through to Wanaka.  After a supermarket shop, a Laundromat visit, and a visit to the waste/water station we headed out from Wanaka toward Glendhu Bay in the hope that we would find a nice place to stay for a day or two.  With our trusty Travel Directory from the Motor home Assn in tow, we had a couple of likely stop over points lined up. 

Unfortunately, there are now no camping signs at all these spots, so unhook the RAV and head out for a wee explore to see what we could find.  First stop was at the Matukituki river mouth, which would have provided the perfect spot to stay, except for the very narrow and lightweight bridge to cross plus the no camping sign at the end of the road! 

farm road Farm road to the Matukituki mouth …

 tree tunnel … tree arch on the way in

matukitukiMatukituki mouth

Then further along to a DOC site that is listed in our guide, only to discover that that too now has no camping/campervan signs.  Damn these terrible people who litter our byways, foul our landscape and are able to rent non self contained vehicles.  They ruin it for the rest of us.

parkedFinally parked off the road near Treble Cone.

gneissGneiss rock in abundance in this area

Never to mind, we found a nice spot just off the road and will spend the night. 

After a lovely nights sleep under beautiful clear skies, we were up and off this morning back into Wanaka, to fill the RAV with petrol, buy some milk and check out a couple of shops, including the second hand store.  One purchase made – a new Samba pack (please note Anne & Paul!), before deciding to hit the road again.

This time we were sort of organised and had rung ahead to a POP (Park over Place) on the road between Luggate and Cromwell to make sure that we could stay.  We duly  arrived at a farm and have a nice spot on the farm well off the road so we have complete peace and quiet.  Once set up it was out with the washing line and all the washing done at the laundry yesterday hung out to dry in the lovely warm sunshine.   A roast of pork is planned for dinner tonight, with all the usual trimmings.  We plan to stay here for a few days to wind down and relax with the odd jaunt into Cromwell or perhaps a  visit to a vineyard or two located around these parts. Hic!

On a completely different note.  Ann was given a box of books which turned out to be a collection of Science Fiction works.  Having purloined a small part of the collection I have spent some time rereading the famous novels by John Wyndham.  I have completed The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Midwich Cuckoos and The Chrysalids.  It has been around 50 years since first reading.   Of course there has been significant change in our perceptions of science fiction but these books and this author are still a good read.  In the books that I have there are several other well known (at least in my mind) authors Brian Aldiss, Fred Hoyle,  Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.  I look forward to them all.

One Response to “Wanaka”

  1. Bill and Estelle Says:

    Makes us envious and i am doubting my wisdom in selling our motorhome
    Bill and Estelle

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