Woke up to our 6.30am alarm ready for our planned hike up Roys peak, although required a lot of motivation to get out from under the warm duvet as Bertie was very cold!
Roys peak stands at 1578m high and is said to be around a 5-6 hour return hike. We were very lucky with the weather, as we were in the clouds for a lot of the hike up, taking away the heat from the sun. Nat even had to zip off the bottom of her trousers to turn into shorts! The whole climb up was steep so we generated a lot of heat despite it only being about 3 degrees, with no flat and some very steep hills towards the end, our legs were extremely happy to have reached the top after about 2.5 hours. After soaking up the most beautiful views from the top, taking some Instagram shots and refuelling our glycogen stores we headed back down for a steep 2 hour climb. We were amazed to see a lady running up the mountain, a guy with a full backpack and a man with no shoes coming down! We were also jealous of the paragliders hovering above us and now want to go paragliding ourselves.
The sun came out on our way down so we had a lovely warm afternoon replacing the calories burnt with a large £2.50 dominoes pizza by the lake, visiting the big trees and picking pears at the national station park and de-smelling ourselves at a free service hub with showers. Chris was impressed with the free public talking/singing toilet!
The evening was spent leaving Wanaka and driving through the mountains to Lake Poaka (loving our freedom camping) with a stop off for DIY veggie burgers/view point on the way.