We're in a place called Wanaka, which is in the South of the South Island, near Fiordland and, along with Queenstown is the action place in NZ. They do everything here! Bungy jumping and jetboating started here and they are well known for every kind of adrenalin action available, but of course, it all comes at a price!
|The clay cliffs|
|Inside the clay cliffs|
Yesterday and today we've been climbing in the locality at some really nice crags. Yesterday we climbed at a roadside crag and met a French couple working out here, he is a paraglider instructor but is unable to work as he can't get to work! He works on the Treble Cone ski area (no snow now of course), but the recent flooding has washed away a bridge, closing off the whole area. Its just along the road from where we are, maybe 10km. Last night we stayed at a campsite right by Lake Wanaka and found the water level lapping round the edge of the campsite, on the way in the road dropped to lake level and it was no more than 300mm below road level. Not sure what the level normally is, but we can see trees poking out of the lake, so that's not normal! My guess is its at least 4 metres higher than normal.
|Wanaka Lake looking out to the Triple Cone ski area, from the top of Mount Iron|
|A NZ Magpie, slightly different from UK|
|A pretty bird we saw, no idea what it is - John McCowan will know!|