I have travelled all across Australia, over the past 4 years I have been fortunate to venture overseas, but never in all my travels have I ever seen crystal blue water like I did in New Zealand. It was so clear and so clean and the most vibrant blue I have ever seen. When you look at the photos below, I want you to take into consideration that these photos have not been enhanced in any way. Nothing has been done to them, except cropped a little to fit this article. That amazing colour is exactly what it looks like.
Travelling around Wanaka was amazing. The mountains are some of the most spectacular I have ever seen. I grew up in Bright, a small country town in North East Victoria, Australia. And believe me when I say Bright is a small town, the population of Bright is approximately 2,200 people. Bright sits in a narrow valley between some of the most beautiful rolling hills and gentle mountains. I have always thought of Bright as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Now that I have been to New Zealand’s South Island, I can honestly say that Queenstown, Wanaka and the Mount Aspiring National Park are the most amazing places, most breathtaking, most beautiful places on earth.
I remember reading a book once were the main character spoke about the forest. I remember all the details and the feeling of complete and utter amazement. I also remember thinking how silly it was that you could smell the bark, the ferns, every little piece of nature – but now that I have experienced it, I can relate to it. Mitchell and I loved travelling from Wanaka up into the Mount Aspiring National Park. At one stage during the drive I was hanging over Mitch trying to film the mountains and the pristine Lake Hawea. Then it was Mitch’s turn to look out my side of the car and take in the pristine views over lake Wanaka. Driving up into the mountain ranges, past little waterfalls and into the National Park was so amazing. Even though it was March, you could see snow on the south side of the peaks.
The drive north from Wanaka along Haast Pass – Makarora Road to the Blue Pools took about an hour. There is car parking available along the side of the road, the walk leading into the forest was clearly marked, signed and posted. The walk took about half an hour. The first bridge you come across leads across a rather wide river. Once you cross the bridge turn to the left. A short walk and you will come across another bridge. You will find a small waterfall that opens into another stream. Get out your phone and snap away to your heart’s content.
Mitchell and I had a great time. The only thing missing was hot coffee, or a bottle of wine 🙂 There are no cafes or public toilets at the Blue Pools. There are however public toilets a kilometre north along the main road. If you would like a nice hot cuppa for the trip back, there is a small cafe a few kilometres south, heading back towards Wanaka but I would recommend visiting one of the bakeries in Wanaka, or go to New World (yes that really is the name of it) supermarket and purchase some bread, cheese, dip, fresh slices of meat, olives and a bottle of wine and take it with you. There is a walking track down to the river. Take a blanket. Enjoy the spectacular mountains, the beautiful scenery and get cosy with your loved one.
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