Another long drive but it was set to be a scenic route along the coast and then inland via Wanaka. We left Franz Josef and on the way out spotted a hitchhiker. We decided to stop and give her a ride, she was called Cindy from Malaysia. She had been hitchhiking around New Zealand and had told us that she never had to wait long for a ride each time. The longest she has ever had to wait was 20 minutes.
We drove on with Cindy in the back and enjoyed the route which was going to take over 3 and a half hours.
We stopped off at Haast, a small town just as the highway 6 turns inland for lunch. We decided to try a famous whitebait sandwich. Whitebait is a tiny little fish which is currently in season and causes the whole region to go whitebait mad catching as much as possible. It was pretty expensive at NZ$12.50 and its mixed in with egg so it pretty much tasted like an egg sandwich. Nothing impressive. We shared one sandwich and also had fish and chips so a mixed fishy meal.
All that food was a little too much and as we drove on Cindy and I fell asleep. However John was kept pretty happy with the amazing scenery along Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.
We arrived in Wanaka, dropped Cindy off at Wanaka backpackers and then headed to the lake side for a rest. We had an ice-cream and read in the sun next to the lake which had a pretty nice view. Some of the kids were swimming however it was still really cold.
We grabbed some supplies and had an awesome meal of Nacho Chips, Tomato bread, avocado and leftover chilli.
We drove up to a free DOC site off highway 8 next to a hotel ruin – The Lindis Pass Historic Hotel. We were the only ones in the campsite that night, which meant it was pretty spooky!