Driving in New Zealand is one of the great joys of visiting the place. Constantly changing landscapes abound throughout the country.
One of the most beautiful drives was from Lake Wanaka to Punakaiki, along the south islands inland and western coast. This drive was done over a few days, stopping on the way for a few days to walk around the areas.
Lake Wanaka is the place to chill. Peaceful, quiet,beautiful.
You can head into Mount Aspiring National Park nearby to do some scenic walks. One of the finest short walks was the Rob Roy Glacier Track.
Afterwards you drive back past Lake Wanaka to some gorgeous views across parts of the lake.
Driving to the west coast you cross over Mount Aspiring National Park, with more spectacular views of mountains and lakes. On a cloudy day it just adds to the rugged mood of the place.
Reaching the west coast of New Zealands South Island you can see the rugged beauty of the coastline.
Heading up the coast there are some glaciers to view. One was visited on this trip, that being Fox glacier. A short drive from the side road and a one hour walk, sometimes difficult, you reach a viewpoint across to the glacier.
Moving on you reach some wild beaches along the coast. With rough weather and dead trees washed up it is very wild looking.
You reach Punakaiki which is famous for its pancake rock formations on the coast. Again with the wild weather it makes the place more remarkable to watch, as the waves pound into the rocks.
The journey continues after Punakaiki heading north where more of New Zealands outstanding natural beauty can be seen.
New Zealand really is the land of wonder.
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