They've all been great days, but this one was really enjoyable all the way, with great weather, beautiful lake shores to ride along, and several gentle climbs. It was a short day, only about 40 miles, and I arrived at our destination, Wanaka in time for lunch. Although we had good directions for finding the lodge where we are staying tonight, a key sign post had been turned amking it a little tricky. But in a town this size, you can't go too far wrong and I found it soon enough. It is a very pleasant lodge with lots of little nooks and crannies to explore.
Yesterday's scenery included a number of magnificent waterfalls. Today's was entirely different with the lake views. For the first 15 miles or so, I rode along the shores of Lake Wanaka. (Top photo.) I made three picture stops in the first six miles. The there was a short trip across "the Neck" to the shores of Lake Hawea (Second photo) for the next 10 or 15 miles. Then some gently rolling hills led us into the town of Wanaka. This is a modest sized town with several shops, cafes, and a beautfiul lakefront location. Quite a change from our wildereness and near-wilderness locations of the last two nights. I am looking forward to an afternoon of more picture taking.
Tomorrow will be our last day of riding, taking us all the way to Queenstown. If the weather holds, it will be a great way to end the trip.