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In Wanaka we stayed with my Aunty and Uncle. They run a B&B here. The view is stunning, even when it’s cloudy.
We drove into town and went to the information centre and hung out by the lake.
We bought a postcard and saw a big hand.
We had some lunch by the lake and had a coffee at
We also visited the Mount Aspiring College International Language Centre and talked to one of the teachers. Marie has taught in NZ, the UK and Japan.
She said the international students here all do
One of the big benefits of coming to Wanaka is it’s a small community, it’s safe and they have the beautiful mountains. They can go skiing and snowboarding in the winter. And in the summer we have a program where they go rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking. So there are many outdoor sports that the students do here, they go out camping and
Mount Aspiring College International Language Centre
Marie said the school has around 700 students and the roll has more than doubled in the last 10 years because Wanaka has become such a popular place to live.
It’s not such a formal school, that’s a
I asked Marie if she had any advice for people learning English.
Give it a go,
On the way out of Wanaka, we drove past a place called Puzzling World. Lots of people were taking photos pretending to hold up this leaning tower.
This is Lake Hawea. We stopped by the lake and I climbed up the bank to take a couple of photos. Someone had added a comma and an exclamation mark to the sign. LAKE HAWEA, LOOKOUT!
In Makarora we stopped at my cousin’s place, where we raided the vegetable garden and walked through a bit of bush to meet a pony. This is Dudley.
We stopped at the Makarora Tourist Centre for a drink.
We drove through
The visitor centre in
That night we stayed at the Lake Paringa Campsite. It’s a DOC camping ground and there were no staff. We had to fill in a registration form and put money in an envelope. It was $6.10 each.
That night we had an amazing salad made with the vegetables from my cousin’s garden.
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Lake Wanaka - tourism site
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