Every day I'm puzzling
Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
71Trip End Oct 01, 2015
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The first stop was lake matheson otherwise known as the mirror lake, it was around a 20 minute walk from the car park and unfortunately by the time we arrived along with the other 50 people on our bus the clouds had come across and the reflection on the lake was just white and not the postcard perfect reflection we had seen in so many photos. The following stop was a waterfall, a little unimpressive especially with the 50 others all crowded around as well, the next stop was better though, it was the blue pools, a 20 minute walk through a forest got us to a very wobbly suspension bridge which people just love jumping on it would seem. Once we'd crossed the bridge we were welcome with a beautifully clear lagoon which was reminiscent of the greitas in the Galapagos. We decided to walk down to the waters edge before heading back to the bus where we were soon carrying on with our journey to wanaka, stopping at yet another expensive cafe on route.
Our last and probably most exiting stop before wanaka was puzzling world, a sort of small.... Very small theme park dedicated to puzzles. There was a maze, illusion rooms and puzzles to keep you entertained all day- or at least for the 1.5 hours we had until the magic bus picked us up again. After paying, everyone headed to the illusion rooms and we decided to go the other way (we are unsociable now it seems) to the maze. The maze which was advertised as the first of its type is 1.5km of pathways on two levels connected by bridges, the aim is to get to the 4 towers and then back to the start, there was 2 ways of doing this- one way was to go to the towers in order, the other at random, we opted for the harder way and to go in order. The first tower however was the 2nd tower and we soon changed our tactics and decided to try and reach them all but not in order. After over an hour and walking around the same part a lot we had still not completed it and I'm ashamed to say we had to leave through an emergency exit! With only 10 minutes left we rushed around the illusion room which included a wall of moving faces, a table where if you rolled the balls up hill they rolled down and a stream that flowed uphill. After a quick trip to the roman style bathrooms we were soon back on the bus.
When we got to wanaka we were taken to the most expensive hostel in town, after refusing to pay $31 each for a bed in separate rooms we headed off in search of our own hostel where we found a lovely smaller cheaper place and settled in the afternoon. We were starving after refusing to pay the extortionate prices at the roadside cafe and had an early dinner before heading out to explore the town.
Wanaka it seems is beautiful even in cloudy weather, it doesn't really consist of more than 3 roads but they all lead to a huge lake which is lined on all sides by mountains, it was definitely a place we wanted to come back to for a spot of skiing in the winter! That night we sat with a mix of Europeans, one guy was on the kiwi experience and hating it, another couple were house hunting and another guy was just finishing his trip of cycling around the south island! After hearing his unique stories we were feeling inspired and decided it was something we wanted to look into! We also attempted a mystery jigsaw puzzle, the type where you don't see the picture- we gave up 2 hours later having not even completed the edge!