The scenery continued to be spectacular as I cycled south to Wanaka.
There were various names for all of the different creeks. Thirsty Creek was really thirsty and Black Creek was black.
Sunset at Lake Paringa. New Zealand doesn’t have any poisonous snakes or spiders or bears etc. They just have sandflies, tiny little flies that only live for a day but the bites annoy you for weeks afterwards. Luckily I had my head net for the very infested sites.
My Christmas was spent in Haast. I did think that it would be my usual tinned fish feast, but I ended up being invited to two Christmas dinners 😊.
I guess that they use the road signs for target practice too.
I cycled / walked across the Southern Alps. The views were spectacular.
Sunset at Lake Hawea
Sunrise at Lake Hawea. My last day of cycle touring in New Zealand was from Lake Hawea to Lake Wanaka along an off-Road track which was more suited to Mountain Bikes, but I decided to ride/walk it.
My new year was spent in Wanaka. A very small tourist town which was overrun with tourists.