Glendhu Bay.

Friday 17th August.

Stayed the night at Glendhu Bay, a real nice van park, it’s on the way to Mt Aspiring. I’m up at 5.30 am and out doing star trails, the sky is clear with the hint of twighlight and the stars are still in the sky, magic. Very white with frost. We got cleaned up and left at 9.30 am and its 2 deg. We were going to look around Wanaka, but when we got into town we decided to many people lets just get out of here. At lake Hayes the sun was really in the wrong place as it has been many times but we used the ND filters sometimes it helps and other times not. This is our 1st really fine day so we are lapping it up. Travelling over the Haast was so nice, we called into Haast supermarket to get some bits as we are heading for Jackson’s Bay. This is a great road, lovely scenery, no freedom camping, dam.  After looking around we came on back to Turnbull to a Family Holiday Park $14 a night. A really nice place to stay. Only a short drive down the Jackson Bay Rd from Haast.

Glendhu Bay, Wanaka Glendhu Bay, I’m up early before the sun rises and there are still a few stars in the sky.

Glendhu Bay, from caravan park.

This is the view from the van park at Glendhu Bay.

Lake Hawea

Lake Hawea before heading over to the Haast Pass and West Coast. This Lake has so many pretty beach like spots, it’s worth spending a bit of time here. :)


Lake Wakatipu.

Thursday 16th August.

Beautiful fine day.  Got up early and went down to the shore line as the sun was coming up over the hills, what a sight, so got some shots. We had a great trip to Wanaka via Cardrona. Stopped at the lookout, it was blowing a gale and so hard to take photo’s. Got to Lake Hayes and stopped there for a look around then carried onto Arrowtown, walked the streets and the old buildings have really been looked after, bought some lunch and headed onto Glendhu Bay, lovely spot, great van park $16 each a night for power, so quiet and the views are lovely. I did a big cook up again to last over the next few days, recharged everything up for the next round. We went down and looked at the Shotover Bridge, old and new, we were lucky enough to get a speed boat coming thru both ways.

Lake Wakatipu in first light This is the first light that was peeping in over the hills onto the foreshores of Lake Wakatipu, even the mud flats look lovely in this lighting.

Shot-over River

This is a view from the old shot-over bridge looking up the Kawarau river towards the new shot-over bridge, the edge of the Remarkable’s in back ground. Kawarau Jet boat came through as well.


Arrowtown, the way it’s all set out, takes one back in time, beautiful food, wines and shops. A must to see.

From Cardrona Range

This is the view from top of the Crown range going to Cardrona/Wanaka. Queenstown is down on the waters edge, great view of the valley. It was so windy could hardly stand up straight  to get the photo.