We left Arrowtown and embarked on a full day of driving. We stopped at a couple of places en route: including a wine cellar, cheese shop and the cutest little farmstall where we tried Feijoa fruit for the first time. Feijoas are small, elongated fruit the colour of limes - they taste like a mix between guavas, apples and melons with a slight lime tang and have a wonderful, fresh fragrance.
We stopped for an al fresco lunch by the lake at the ski town of Wanaka and went for a walk as it was sunny and we needed to move around a bit after spending so much time in the car.
Then, off again, along roads skirting past mirror-smooth lakes, sugar-dusted mountains and candy-floss clouds. As we got closer to the coast, the road became more windy and the vegetation more tropical. There were waterfalls everywhere - it was like being in Hawaii, except it was a lot colder!
When we arrived in Haast it was dark, cold and raining so we didn't get to see much - just the depressing interior of the hostel that time forgot. When we arrived, we were the only travellers at the place. But as the night progressed, more and more people started arriving as it is the last place for a couple of hours on the only road to and from Queenstown in the South and the Glaciers on the West which is where we are heading towards tomorrow.