Fell in love in Wanaka
Sept 5th was an incredibly exciting day! We had finally made it to Wanaka which is this picturesque town in the South Island that also has amazing breakfast and coffee! (NZ has some of the best coffee ever by the way!) We prepared ourselves and charged our phone and camera batteries that morning at Beanie Cafe. We had also prepared for the hike by buying waterproof pants in case there was snow at the top of Roy's Peak. We had made it a day earlier than expected to Wanaka thanks to Ryan, because the weather was supposed to be pretty terrible on Sept 6th and we really wanted to get Roy's Peak in!
We were so incredibly excited to get to Wanaka and hike Roy's peak. We had seen images before and we're completely stoked and you'll see why!
Roy's Peak was oh so incredible. It was about a 3 hour continuous upwards hike to the first peak and then another 45 minutes hike to the top! We didn't have too much snow going from Roy's Peak to the actual top, luckily. If you have snow though, it will most likely take a longer time to get up there. Roy's peak is very weather dependent and we made sure to go on a nice day. The view was so incredible that you have to make sure you're actually able to see it! I promise it's worth the effort!
If it's still winter or early spring or cold weather in general: bring some waterproof boots and pants with you. Bring layers, no matter the weather at the bottom because from the first peak onwards is extremely windy and cold. Do make sure you bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water with you too. Also sunscreen and hat protection is key. It was definitely a bit of a difficult climb for us being intermediate hikers and pretty fit people. It took 2 to the 3 hours in order to come back down. Getting down is actually quite hard on your legs and knee's since your on a continuous decline.
We had our lunch at the peak and took amazing pictures. I inhaled a peanut butter, nutella and banana sandwich and Ryan sabotaged me with a pack of nuts on top of that. I like to think it was because I was beating him on the way up to the peak. Luckily we didn't have much snow to trudge in but man did we get a workout! Also coming back down was pretty challenging but SO worth it. I don't think I've ever seen anything more astounding. I told Ryan immediately after finishing that I wanted to retire/move/live in Wanaka.
After hiking Roy's peak and not having showered for four days or eaten a proper meal, Ryan and I decided to retire Noah for the night and sleep in motel inside the city. This wasn't your typical U.S motel, it was more like a "Chalet". We also ended up getting some really dank burgers at Red Star Burger Bar and some reward beverages.
Sept 6th: We woke up and actually ironically met a woman who had lived in Atlanta, Georgia for quite some time as an Au Pair. It was nice connecting with her! I also spontaneously decided to try & drive Noah, which lasted only a couple of minutes before Ryan took over. I thought he was kidnapped by the front desk on returning our keys and had to see what was going on. We had a quick stop at Lake Wanaka before starting the trek eastward.