It's been a while. I didn't think it would take me this long to complete the blog entries about NZ, but complaining doesn't help. I'm writing this sitting back in cold Germany, packing my bags to leave again tomorrow for southern Europe. A week back home is by far enough. But I owe you a few more insights about NZ and my Australia travels so here we go.
After leaving the beautiful glacier country and a far to long bus ride over Haast pass and the middle of nowhere (oh, I'd have loved to stop and hike for a while, but no time) I arrived in Wanaka. Wanaka is definitely a place to be, gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, beautiful lake and with Wakaka Bakpaka one of my most beloved hostels in NZ. I could have stayed for a while but because of procrastination on the west coast I didn't have any time. Wanaka has beautiful lake Wanaka to offer, as well as loads of great hiking and cycling paths. A can't miss destination in NZ!
Due to bad time management at the end of my trip, I already had to leave Wanaka after two nights for it's big sister Queenstown. NZ's party and adventure capital didn't really catch me though, maybe because of generally bad mood even before I arrived, but a sunset above the neighbouring lake can definitely cheer one up. Queenstown is the gateway to the south, offers a wide variety of hostels and probably the biggest party opportunity in NZ. I only stayed in Queenstown to make my way down on a day trip to Fjordland. I wish I could have stayed longer, because a day trip is quite a though thing, it's about a 4 hour drive by bus one way and be prepared to be accompanied by about 20 asian families in the bus. The views of Milford Sound however, are so worth it, especially if you catch a gorgeous sunny day:
The most iconic Milford view.
Due to loads of rainfall in the previous days, we had the luck to see loads of waterfalls.
After leaving Queenstown, I fulfilled one of my biggest wishes in NZ: A stopover in Mt Cook/Aoraki Village and had my best but toughest hike in NZ - up to Mueller Hut. I unfortunately left my camera back home and my phone broke down on the way. I met some guys on the way and hiked with them. But I never got sent the promised photos. Still waiting, hopefully it's gonna happen. Until then you have to be satisfied with google.