We left the glaciers and continued south to the swanky lakeside town of Wanaka. This was one of my favourite drives of the trip, the scenery is just spectacular in this part of the island, forcing us to pull over every few kilometres and get the cameras out.

From Wanaka we drove out to Cadrona for some snow based fun. As Lou has never skied / snowboarded before (and we have a skiing holiday booked for next year) we took advantage of the fabulous conditions and surprisingly good value and signed up for a days lessons.

Lou spent the morning in ski school, learning the basics before progressing to the green runs in the afternoon. Other than a little wobble in confidence when it came to the ski lifts, Lou had a great time, making a lot of progress in the short time we were there.

I hired a snowboard for the day and also took advantage of the cheap lessons to brush up on my turns with an instructor. The conditions were perfect, with fresh snow that morning, clear skies and reasonably quiet runs, I had a blast!

We left Wanaka for Queenstown with a stop at the beautiful lakeside town of Glenorcy for lunch before having a walk around town. After several days of restraint, cooking for ourselves in the camper and limiting our wine consumption, we rewarded ourselves with a generous Indian dinner and got to know *several* of the bars around town.