On the way to Wanaka, we stopped at Lake Matheson, which is known for being a mirror lake. I'm not sure how it works but it's so still that it does reflect almost perfectly (it's the one in the picture, but again, it's not one that i've taken).
Wanaka is beautiful. Quite a small town but it's on the edge of a lake with mountains all around it. I think it pretty much sums up how beautiful New Zealand is. It's all lakes and mountains. While there, i went to Puzzlingworld, which as geeky as it sounds was kinda interesting. It's got a maze (which Emma and I got sufficiently lost in) and illusion rooms full of different optical illusions. We also went to the Cinema Paradiso which is a quirky littel place with sofas (and a car) instead of normal cinema seats. The day that we left Wanaka, it was rainign in the afternoon, but before started I went for a walk to Waterfall Creek along the edge of the lake.
It turns out that Queenstown is as good as everyone says it is. After being in Wanaka I can see why they saythat Wanaka is a smaller quieter version - Queenstown is on a lake too, with the Remarkables mountain range in the background. It's a really nice little town, and really lively too (full of backpackers).
On my first full day, the weather was really nice, so i went to the 'beach' by the lake with two girls from the magic bus - Nanna and Kat. (I wasn't really up for much else cos we'd been out the night before, so I was glad I could go sunbathing!) While we were there, some lads started playing a cricket-type game in the water next to us and we ended up chatting to them. They turned out to be players from St Kilda AFL team (which is a pretty big team, so it's like meeting a Prem football team) who were on a pre-season training camp there.
That night I had a Fergburger. To explain what this is, let's just say i'm sick of hearing about the bloody things! Everyone I've ever met who's been to Queenstown has told me that i have to try one, so even though i'm not a big fan of burgers, I ate one anyway. It was very nice, but also massive and I didn't manage to finish it.
On our last day in Queenstown (and our last day together!) Emma, Sophie and I went up on the gondola for awesome views of the town, lake and mountains, and had a go on the luge (the same as i did in Rotorua). Then in the afternoon I went for a walk along the side of the lake to Summer Bay. Didn't stay there very long though cos I was getting eaten alive by sandflies.