Local Maori legend suggests that the stunning lakes and mountains of Wanaka were carved out by Maori chief Te Rakaihautu. He arrived on the shores of Aotearoa on a waka and created Lake Wanaka and nearby Lake Hawea with his giant spade.
Wanaka is now known as one of New Zealand’s premier regions for both outdoor activities and relaxation. Whilst we were there we enjoyed the relaxation side to the town. We met Mellissa who we had met earlier in the trip in the north island and enjoyed a drink on the lake front before we picked up one of the famous cookies from the old fashioned cinema and took it back to eat whilst attempting to watch a film but no one decided so I gave up and got ready for bed!!
It was an early start to head to Queenstown the following morning.